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Aircraft Crash near Cherry Branch Ferry
Marine Corps responds
May 20, 2019

he ferry has shut down for the night (7:38p) due to a nearby aircraft crash. From Sue Kinner at Cherry Branch:

The Cherry Branch Ferries are shut down for the remainder of the night in order to enable rescue and recovery equipment access to the recent aircraft crash next to route 306 (Ferry Road) in the vicinity of the Cherry Branch Clubhouse.

7:54p There is no confirmation regarding the aircraft crash near Cherry Branch ferry this evening, however Sue Kinner confirms that Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station personnel are currently on the scene.

Cherry Branch Crash
Photo Sue Kinner.

8:50p It is now confirmed a Cherry Point Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed tonight near the Cherry Branch ferry station, some 4 miles from the runways at Cherry Point. The following is the Marine Corps’ statement on the crash:

MCAS CHERRY POINT, NC — 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 pilot ejected safely and is currently being transported to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, N.C. for further evaluation. There are no reports of civilian casualties or property damage at this time.

Personnel from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing responded to the scene and assisted the Havelock Sheriff Departments, which initially responded to the accident location.

The crash site has been cordoned off by military officials. The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation.

Cherry Branch Crash
This is a 2016 file photo of an AV-8B Harrier taking off at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. An AV-8B Harrier crashed Monday evening near the Cherry Branch Ferry, about 4 miles from the Cherry Point runways. The pilot ejected safely. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Gibson)

Posted Monday May 20, 2019 by Allison DeWeese

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