Investigation Into Harrier Crash Continues

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

Investigators will be back out at the site of the AV-8B Harrier jet crash in rural Carteret County Thursday morning.

A Cherry Point spokesman tells WITN News the jet crashed Wednesday and that the pilot ejected safely during the 1:00 p.m. mishap. There are no injuries reported.

The crash happened at Open Ground Farms, which is off of Nelson Bay Road. A county web site says Open Ground is a private 44,000 acre farm. The site was also one under consideration for the Navy's outlying landing field.

The Marines say the aircraft was one of three on a training flight when it lost engine power. Cherry Point says other two aircraft returned safely to Cherry Point.

The Harrier was part of the aviation combat element of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation.


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