Military Crew Killed in Mississippi Plane Crash was Based at Stewart Air National Guard Base

Authorities investigate military crash

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Crew members of a military plane that crashed in Mississippi, killing 16 people on board, were based at Stewart Air National Guard Base.

A spokesperson at the base says the Marine unit is out of the refueling part of the base in Newburgh.

The unit is a marine aerial refueling and transport squadron more commonly known as a VGMR. This particular squadron VGMR 452 was transporting personnel and equipment from the flight’s origin in Cherry Point North Carolina to the naval air field in El Centro, California when it crashed.

In Newburgh, the Marine unit is what the Air Force base considers a “tenant unit” meaning they had space to work on the base, and were cleared to fly in and out of here.

Mississippi Patriot Guardsman David Weeks stopped by the scene Tuesday afternoon to honor the men and woman on the flight who were killed:

“These men and women join the service not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of our country,” Weeks said. “They make the sacrifices willing to lay everything on the line.”

The names of the victims have not been released.

Gov. Cuomo issued this statement:

“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.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued this statement:

“I was devastated to learn about the military plane crash in Mississippi yesterday, and I was heartbroken to hear today that this aircraft belonged to the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 based at Stewart Air National Guard Base. I offer my deepest condolences to the family members, friends, and fellow service members of the 16 members of our military who were on this plane, and I will do everything in my power to make sure we have a thorough investigation into how this tragic accident occurred, and what we can do to prevent it from happening again.”

Senator Chuck Schumer issued this statement:

“Praying for our selfless servicemen & women & their families today after we lost 16 brave souls in Mississippi. May they Rest In Peace.”


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