Problem occurred at altitude in deadly US Marine crash

Problem occurred at altitude in deadly US Marine crash

The fiery crash scattered wreckage for miles around and sent a pillar of black smoke rising over the countryside.

Fifteen Marines and a Navy sailor were killed. Reached by phone on Wednesday, he estimated it will take investigators five or six days to sift through the wreckage and clean up the site where the plane crashed on Monday.

Brendan Johnson, 46, went to Colchester High School, then joined the Marines after graduating from Johnson State College. "My dear friend Gayle's husband was one of the 16 military men who lost his life in the plane crash", said Ana Gabriela Ellis in a Facebook post.

Bryant, in statements Tuesday on Twitter, said law enforcement authorities have received reports that items are being taken from the crash site.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) family at this time", said the MARSOC chief of staff.

- Prayers and an exhortation never to forget the sacrifice of military service members were the response of the U.S. military archbishop to a deadly Marine Corps plane crash on Monday.

Banks said people have stopped picking up the debris after the governor's warning.

"There is a large debris pattern", he added, noting there were two large impact areas a mile apart. The disaster Monday afternoon was the deadliest Marine crash anywhere in the world in more than a decade.

A Rockland native has been identified as one of 16 service members killed when a plane based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base crashed in Mississippi.

The Marine Corps says six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were traveling to Arizona for training.

Military officials continued to withhold the names of the dead, saying they were notifying family members.

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