The United States Marine Corps has released the identities of the 15 marines and Navy corpsman that were killed in the KC-130 aircraft crash in Mississippi, US on Monday.
The marines, were on their way to a pre-deployment training in Yuma, Arizona, US from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, US.
Officials within the Marine Corps say that the crash was attributed to a massive mechanical failure, with some witnesses saying they saw the plane come apart in mid-flight.
The KC-130 was carrying a very large amount of explosives and ammunition. The plane fell off the radar at around 4 PM
There was also two crash sites, with both of them being nearly a mile apart.
Coincidentally, some of the men in this crash belonged to the second raider battalion which was involved in a plane crash off the coast of Pensacola, Florida US during a training exercise in 2015 in which seven marines lost their life.
The names of the marines and sailor are as follows: Major Caine M. Goyette, Captain Sean E. Elliot, Gunnery Sergeant Mark A. Hopkins, Gunner Sergeant Brendan Johnson, Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Snowden, Sergeant Julian M. Kevianne, Sergeant Owen J. Lennon, Corporal Daniel I. Baldassare, Corporal Collin J. Schaaff, Staff Sergeant Robert H. Cox, Staff Sergeant William J. Kundrat, Sergeant Chad E. Jenson, Sergeant Talon R. Leach, Sergeant Joseph J. Murray, Sergeant Deitrich A. Schmieman, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan M. Lohrey.
Image of the deceased troops from the US Department of Defense
More details to follow.