N.C. Senator confirms plane in deadly Marine crash took off from Cherry Point


MCAS CHERRY POINT - Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, issued the following statement after a KC-130 from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point crashed in Mississippi, tragically killing at least 16 on board:

"Susan and I send our deepest condolences to the families of the Marines who lost their lives in service to our nation. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the Havelock community are in our thoughts and prayers. This is a tragic reminder of the dangers our service members are confronted with on a daily basis, including the training missions that are needed to help keep our nation safe at home and abroad."

The FAA confirmed a military plane that took off from Cherry Point crashed in Mississippi on Monday. Officials say 16 are confirmed dead.

We are at Cherry Point right now working to get more information confirmed about the deadly crash.