Monmouth County Grad Among Marines Killed in Mississippi Plane Crash, Report Says
ITTA BENA, Miss.— A Jersey Shore Marine died in the crash of a refueling jet that killed 16, according to Memphis TV station WREG.
Dan Baldassare of Colts Neck was on board the KC-135 that crashed in a soybean field on Monday 85 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi.
Baldassare's unit was based at the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY, where Several bouquets were left at the main gate in honor of those who died.
Family told the station Baldassare was 20 and had played football for Colts Neck High School. According to his Facebook page, he also had worked at Wawa.
"Everyone at the Freehold Regional High School District is saddened to hear of this tragic loss. We are holding his family and friends in our thoughts at this difficult time," district spokeswoman Rebecca Policastro told the Townsquare News Network.
The KC-130 is used to refuel aircraft in flight and transport cargo and troops.
The Marine Corps said the cause was under investigation and offered no information on whether the plane issued a distress call. The names of the victims have not yet been released by the Marine Corps.
The Associated Press contributed to this report