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Coast Guard: Pilot rescued after ejecting into ocean at Wrightsville Beach

Posted May 6

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— Authorities say a pilot was rescued in the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast after he parachuted from what they believe was a Harrier jet as it went down in flames.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Sansoucie says a hotel guest in Wrightsville Beach saw a person eject from the burning plane shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

When Coast Guard rescuers arrived on the scene, they found a Navy helicopter with two swimmers had hoisted the pilot inside.

Sansoucie says 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.

Officials said the pilot was in stable condition Friday evening.

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  • Craig Elliott May 6, 8:10 p.m.
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    Odd story.

    A press release from the Coast Guard re: a Navy rescue of a Marine aviator.

    Glad everyone went home OK.