Marine aircraft crashes off Wrightsville Beach, pilot ejects

Source: WECT


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Emergency crews in New Hanover County responded to a military jet that crashed off Wrightsville Beach Friday evening.

According to dispatch, the crash was first reported around 4:45 p.m. near the 1700 block of North Lumina Avenue.

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Daniel House said a pilot ejected out of a Harrier jet, which eventually crashed into the water. The pilot had departed the Wilmington International Airport and was conducting flight training with the intention of returning to the airport.

Rescue officials quickly responded and pulled the pilot out of the water. We’re told the pilot is in stable condition.

Military officials confirm the pilot and jet were both from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point located in Havelock.

No one else was on board.

Coast Guard officials say they believe the aircraft was a Harrier jet. Several squadrons of AV-8B Harriers are based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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