Seven of the US troops killed were special operations forces, six were Marines and one was a sailor. Officials said some of those killed were from the base.
Cherry Point is the home of a KC-130 squadron, as well as Texas, New York and California.
Second Lt. Stephanie L. Leguizamon, a public affairs officer for the Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans, said Tuesday afternoon that seven of the 16 people killed were with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion based at based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "We're probably not going to know for a long time".
The names of the deceased weren't immediately released. We just don't know what it'll do.
Though the Marine Corps has not released any details, the aircraft may have suffered a "structural failure" at 20,000, Alan Hammons, an official with Mississippi's Greenwood Airport, told local CBS affiliate WNCN.
Following the initial reports, several state and federal politicians and officials have already given statements of condolences following the crash. He couldn't confirm whether any civilians were on the plane, the newspaper reported.
" 'You looked up and you saw the plane twirling around, ' he said". They found one of the plane's engines Wednesday morning, he said. "Then all of a sudden you realized that the smoke was coming off one of the sides of the wing".
He called 911 after the crash.
Jones said the plane hit the ground behind some trees in a soybean field, and by the time he and other reached the crash site, fires were burning too intensely to approach the wreckage. He said his son watched the plane go down while working on the farm and said it was smoking as it descended.
President Trump and Vice President Pence offered their condolences to those who perished. He is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a nonprofit motorcycle group that honors fallen troops.
Pence wrote on Twitter: "Karen & I are praying for the families of the Marines who lost their lives".
The KC-130 air tanker was carrying members of an elite Marine special operations unit cross-country for training in Arizona when it crashed in the Mississippi Delta, the military said. "Our thoughts & prayers w/everyone involved". "The Hercules C-130s. That's what's surprising; they're a very safe aircraft".More news: Authorities: Gardendale shooting suspect fled in vehicle