WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH - Emergency crews were on the scene of a military plane crash at Wrighstville Beach, our ABC affiliate WWAY reported.
New Hanover County dispatch says the call came in just after 4:45 p.m.
WWAY confirmed the pilot is with Marine Attack Squadron 542, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point. 1st Lt. Maida Zheng, with MCAS Cherry Point, says the pilot ejected from an AV-8B Harrier.
The pilot was rescued by a H-60 Seahawk from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 at about 5:28 p.m. and was transported to the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, according to a release . He was listed in stable condition.
The Marine Corps says the pilot of the Harrier left Wilmington International Airport and was doing flight training with the intention of returning to ILM.
The H-60 that rescued him is based out of NAS in Norfolk, Virginia. Their missions include vertical replenishment, search and rescue, air and sea rescue and anti-surface warfare. They are currently operating off the USS Wasp in support of the Marine Expeditionary Unit.
The crash is under investigation.
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