Military Plane Crashes in North Carolina, Pilot Hospitalized
A military plane crashed in North Carolina on Monday evening. The pilot was rushed to hospital with undisclosed injuries, no other fatalities have been confirmed.
The Craven County Emergency Services Director Stanley Kite told WCTI that the crash was reported shortly after 6 pm on May 20, 2019.
Nate Belt from the WCTI was the first reporter on the scene and shared information on his Twitter account and via a live stream on Facebook.
PLANE CRASH NEAR HAVELOCK: Photo sent to us by Susan Kinner with NCDOT. Military plane down near MCAS Cherry Point. Pilot with EMS, condition unknown. I am on scene, will have more details as soon as they become available. pic.twitter.com/6093TVp5zZ— Nate Belt (@NateBeltWZZM) May 20, 2019
The pilot ejected seconds before the plane crashed into the ground and caught fire. Emergency responders managed to control the blaze.
The pilot, who parachuted to the ground, was rushed to the hospital, but Kite did not share any information pertaining to the pilot's injuries.
The media are not allowed on the scene, and only residents living in the area may pass through the crash site.
The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement:
"A 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, AV-8B Harrier based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., crashed earlier today near Havelock, N.C. The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation."
Officials from the Marine Core Air Station Cherry Point were on the scene within minutes, along with the Craven County Sheriff's Office and others.
At the time of publishing, the crash site has been cordoned off. The story is still developing. We will share more updates as and when information becomes available.