Fuselage of crashed plane recovered from Neuse River

Published: Oct. 29, 2016 at 4:36 PM EDT
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Parts of the plane that crashed over the weekend into the Neuse River has been recovered.

Crews were out this morning working to locate and recover several parts of the stunt plane.

The plane crashed Saturday near Union Point Park after Marco Bouw said it malfunctioned while he was working on stunts. Bouw safely parachuted out of the plane when he realized something was wrong.

After over an hour of work this morning, the fuselage of the plane was brought up and put on a barge.

A contracting crew was brought in to do the work along with members of the New Bern Fire Department and an investigator from the FAA.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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A pilot who crashed late Saturday afternoon in the Neuse River was able to parachute out of the aircraft to safety, officials say.

Little Swift Creek and Tri Community volunteer fire departments were at the scene making sure no other boats hit the plane, which is now under water in pieces. New Bern Fire Department was also at the scene.

The crash happened near Union Point Park around 4 p.m.

Ira Whitford with Craven County Emergency Services says Marco Bouw was practicing stunts and parachuted out of the plane once he realized something was wrong.

We're told someone who was already in the water brought him to safety. The pilot is said to be okay and was not transported to the hospital.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the crash.


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Emergency officials tell WITN that the pilot is okay.


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Emergency services officials in Craven County say an airplane has crashed in the water near Union Point Park.

There is conflicting information on whether the pilot has been rescued or not. We are working to confirm who else may have been on the plane at the time of the crash.

Emergency Services teams are en route to the crash site.

We'll keep you posted as new details emerge.