Harrier Jets Collide; One Pilot Missing
HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) _ A Harrier jet crashed after colliding with a second Marine Corps plane near a coastal base, and crews were searching today for one of the pilots. The other jet and its pilots landed safely.
None of the fliers saw the pilot eject from the single-seat AV-8B Harrier, a Marine spokesman said.
``We don’t know if he did eject or not,″ said Sgt. Joseph Muniz.
The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Monday shortly after the planes took off from the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station on a training exercise with two other jets.
One of the other planes immediately searched for the jet but failed to spot the wreckage in the dark, Muniz said.
Boats belonging to the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire departments were searching the Neuse River region. The area is a mixture of swamp, forest and farms.
The missing pilot’s name is being withheld until family members are notified.
The two pilots aboard the second jet in the accident, a two-seat TAV-8B Harrier, were evaluated at a hospital and released, base officials said.