New Yorker among 16 killed in military plane that crashed in Mississippi
A Marine Corps flight engineer living with his wife in the Hudson Valley was among the 16 service members who died in a horrific military plane crash in Mississippi.
Julian Kevianne, 31, died Monday when a refueling plane carrying him and the 15 other service members spiraled into a soybean field in the Mississippi Delta, killing everyone aboard, sources told the Daily News.
“We don’t have any words right now. We’re hurting,” Detroit-based relative Tania Kevianne, 27, told The News.
Friends of Kevianne’s widow, Sherry Jennings-Kevianne, posted notes on her Facebook profile.
A military refueling plane crashed into a soybean field in Mississippi on Monday.
“Sad Day…just found out that one of the Marine pilots that was deceased is the husband of my long time friend, Sherry Jennings-Kevianne,” actor Americus Abesamis said in a post.
“I wish I could fly out to NY to support her in her devastating loss,” he wrote, adding he attended the couple’s 2013 wedding in Fort Worth, Tex.
Abesamis said the couple traveled from upstate New York to see him compete in the U.S. Nationals Sumo Championships in New Jersey last year.
Emergency officials respond to the site of a military plane crash.
A man who answered the phone at Jennings-Kevianne’s house in upstate New Windsor on Tuesday afternoon said she wasn’t able to comment.
Officials said the aircraft that crashed was a KC-130T from the Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron (VMGR) 452 based at the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.
One Marine pal who worked with Kevianne expressed his grief on social media. “I can’t believe I’ll never see you guys again. Never crack another beer or make another stupid joke with you guys again,” Ryan Ortiz wrote in the caption of a photo showing Kevianne and another unidentified victim of the aviation tragedy.
Officials said the doomed plane took off from the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C., on its way to a Naval facility in El Centro, Calif.