NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Tuesday that the crew involved in Monday's deadly plane crash in Mississippi was based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.
Saddened to learn the crew of yesterday's Marine Corps crash was based at Stewart ANGB. As we learn more, keep them in your thoughts.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 11, 2017
According to a Marine spokesman, 15 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman were killed in the C-130 wreck in a soybean field in rural Mississippi. A source has confirmed to Spectrum News that nine of the 16 dead were stationed at Stewart.
It is still not known what caused the refueling tanker to crash into the field about 85 miles north of Jackson around 4 p.m. Monday on its way from North Carolina to California.
Marine Corps officials say they operated the plane, but hasn't said where the flight originated from or where it was going.
Check back with Spectrum News as we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.