State Agencies Assisting U.S. Marine Corps in Plane Crash Recovery

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continues coordinating state resources for Leflore County Emergency Management and the United States Marines Corps (USMC) in the recovery process of the KC-130 aircraft that crashed on July 10. Through the United States Department of Defense, the USMC is charge of the crash investigation, recovery of the plane and its contents. Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for Leflore County on July 13 to authorize the use of state support.

Below is an updated list of the state agencies, departments, and organizations providing resources:


  • Multi-Agency Coordination Team (MAC-T) deployed to Leflore County.
  • Mobile Command Trailer deployed for on-site command center.
  • Five industrial field tents & generators deployed as cooling stations for recovery operations.

MS Dept. of Public Safety:

  • Bureau of Investigations – Assisting with collection and storage of plane debris.
  • Highway Patrol – Providing perimeter security of the crash sites.
  • Bureau of Narcotics – Documenting and classifying recovered debris.
  • U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) – Documenting and classifying recovered debris.

MS Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries:

  • Assisting the Marines in drone and personnel searches of aircraft debris. Once located, the department has been geo-tagging the items for collection and classification.

MS Dept. of Environmental Quality:

  • Working in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the USMC to ensure safe and effective cleanup of the crash sites.

Salvation Army:

  • Partnering with the Southern Baptists Association in Greenwood to provide three meals per day to those assisting with recovery operations.
  • Other local churches in the area are providing snacks, drinks and volunteers to help serve food.

MS Dept. of Animal Health:

  • MS State University has deployed its mobile veterinary clinic to support the search for debris; The U.S. ATF requested K-9’s to assist in the debris search.

The State Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the situation and requests for resources for this incident.

Leflore County Emergency is also requesting that all non-cash donations be delivered to the following location:

  • North Greenwood Baptist Church
    615 Grand Boulevard
    Greenwood, MS 38930

For any questions regarding non-cash donations, please call Pastor Jim Phillips at 662-392-3474 or Leflore County Emergency Management at 662-299-2600.

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