"The families generally understand the environment that the Marines and sailors get into when they take on this responsibility, and they don't go in with ignorance", said Grass.
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As a safety precaution, explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) teams have been posted near the crash site, according to Marine officials, and James said that sites are being preserved so that an investigation into the crash can be conducted.
In April 2000, 19 people were killed in the crash of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft that flies like a plane but can hover and land like a helicopter.
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Jones said a man borrowed his cellphone to report to authorities that there were bodies across U.S. Highway 82, more than a mile from the crash site.
Six Marines and a Navy corpsman in a unit of the Raiders died in a crash Monday in MS, on the way to a training exercise. Sean E. Elliot of Orage, Calif.; Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins of Chesapeake, Va.; Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson of Chittenden, Va.; Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Snowden of Dallas, Texas; Sgt. Kevianne, Sgt. Owen J. Lennon, Cpl.
The plane was a KC-130 air tanker, transporting members of an elite Marine special-operations unit for training in Arizona, The Associated Press reported.
The crash of the KC-130 killed nine Marines from Newburgh, N.Y., and six Marines and a Navy Corpsman from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Brig. Daniel I. Baldassare; Cpl.
Sgt. Talon Leach had joined the Marine Corps in 2010 after attending North Callaway High School near Fulton, Missouri.
Some of the Marines killed were from a reserve squadron based in Newburgh, New York, the military said.
The plane was carrying fifteen Marines, and Navy Corpsman, alongside moving equipment and personnel from North Carolina to Western Base.