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Marine jet crashes in Carteret County; pilot ejects safely

CAMP LEJEUNE (AP) -- A Marine Corps fighter jet crashed today in Carteret County, forcing the pilot to eject to safety. The Second Marine Expeditionary Force said an AV-8B Harrier on a training flight lost power and crashed at about 1 p.m. The Corps said the pilot was uninjured and an investigation is under way. A witness told the New Bern Sun Journal that the pilot hit the ground hard. But Chris Fore of Open Ground Farm said the pilot was able to use Fore's cell phone to call his wife and then the base. The single-engine Harrier is assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at nearby Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Fore said the pilot was taken from the scene by a rescue helicopter, and a Marine spokeswoman said he was taken to the base clinic and released. Two other aircraft were also part of the training flight, and those planes returned safely to Cherry Point. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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