Retired Marine familiar with planes speaks about aircraft that crashed

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Fifteen Marines and a Navy sailor were killed. The Federal Bureau of Investigations was aiding the Marine Corps in the investigation. "While the details of the incident are being investigated, our focus remains on providing the necessary resources and support to the family and friends of these service members as they go through this extremely hard time", the Marines said in a news release.

Debris from the crash covered both sides of Highway 82 in the MS delta, between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorehead, Miss.

To his friends and family, he was known as "Billy Joe", the 33-year-old son of a Marine who was married to his high school sweetheart. He and Fisher said some debris could be risky to bystanders. One site was approximately a half-mile north of USA 82, and the second site about a half-mile south of it, he said.

News 12 has learned that Mark Hopkins, of New Windsor, was on the plane based out of Stewart Air National Guard that crashed on Monday.

"Kundrat served in Iraq, his mother said, later joining the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command 2nd Marine Raider battalion stationed at Camp Lejeune".

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The Marine Corps has said it will release the names of everyone killed in Monday's crash after all families of the victims have been notified. "Not one big explosion, but a couple of second-long explosions".

He walked outside to see what was making the noise in the cloudless afternoon and saw a "gray streak" disappear behind some trees, and then black smoke rising. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to defend our great nation and the freedoms we cherish.

"Beans are about waist-high, and there wasn't much sticking out above the beans", he said. "They are a welcome sight in our skies and so recognizable when we hear them and look up". Another catfish farmer found an empty, open parachute later near a fish pond, Nobile said.

An intense fire, fed by jet fuel, hampered firefighters, causing them to turn to unmanned devices in an attempt to control the flames, authorities said. The Marine Corps says personal weapons and small-arms ammunition were aboard.

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