According to the USMC, federal aviation officials say the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar. The cause of the crash remained under investigation Tuesday morning.
None of the 16 serve members killed have been identified. USMC officials are working to notify their families.
The Marine Corps issued a statement that says in part:
While the details of the incident are being investigated, our focus remains on providing the necessary resources and support to the family and friends of these service members as they go through this extremely difficult time.
We will continue following this story throughout the day.