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originally posted by: Cauliflower
a reply to: GuidedKill
The media reported they were flying at 20,000 feet in calm air when they had a major structural failure. Now if they were buzzing the bean fields and hit the water tower this might have made sense. Unless some media tank is trying to pass off their disinfo they aren't telling us something. Maybe Trump meant "O fie, fie, fie!"?
O, fie, fie, fie! Thy sin's not accidental, but a trade. Mercy to thee would prove itself a bawd: 'Tis best thou diest quickly.
The training exercise was to be conducted at the team level, which in MARSOC means small units of about 14 troops. Mannweiler said other members of this particular team, including the advance party, had already arrived in Yuma. The MARSOC Raiders aboard the KC-130 were bringing with them rifles and small-arms ammunition for the exercise.
While MARSOC regularly conducts a unit rehearsal exercise known as Raven in Mississippi, Mannweiler said this training exercise was unrelated. It's not immediately clear why the aircraft was passing over Mississippi en route to Arizona. A small command with only a few thousand assigned troops, MARSOC does not have any native aircraft assigned to its units.
Mannweiler said it's typical for the command to put troops aboard Reserve units' aircraft. "We will partner with a variety of different partners," he said. "It's not out of the ordinary for us to partner with any members of [Marine Forces Reserve]."
In a statement, MARSOC's chief of staff, who was not identified, expressed condolences to the families of the fallen. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire MARSOC family at this time," the chief of staff said.
"The incredible demands of this dangerous and demanding calling forge some of the tightest unit and family bonds found in the U.S. military. This loss impacts us all."
Stars and Stripes, which covers U.S. military affairs, reported that witnesses said bodies were found a mile from the wreckage.
Images posted online by local media showed the plane's crumpled remains engulfed in flames in a field surrounded by tall vegetation, with a large plume of smoke in the sky.
The crash left a five-mile (8-km) trail of debris, the local Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported.