Plane Crashes Into Neuse River

A plane crashed into the Neuse River in New Bern Wednesday afternoon, and miraculously the pilot survived.

U.S. Coast Guard members searched for the pilot, identified as Kent Lawson, the only one onboard when the single engine Cessna hit the river about a half mile from the Neuse River Bridge.

Tim Harvey with Craven County Emergency Management says rescuers were able to pull Lawson from the water. Harvey says he was suffering from hypothermia, was in and out of consciousness and was complaining of bad back and neck pain.

Officials say the plane is inside a boating channel in about 12 to 14 feet of water. Authorities are still trying to figure out why the plane crashed.


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