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Published: Monday, 12/29/2008

Pilot killed in jet crash near N.C. Marine base


HAVELOCK, N.C. The military says a Marine jet crash near a base in eastern North Carolina has killed the pilot.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point spokesman Mike Barton says the single-seat plane crashed about 12:15 p.m. in woods near one of the base s two runways.

Local authorities say the crash did not affect any of the few homes in the area.

Another AV-8B Harrier crashed in February near the base but the pilot wasn t injured. The aircraft can hover and take off and land vertically.

Monday s crash comes in the same month that another Marine jet crashed in a San Diego neighborhood near its base, killing four people on the ground.

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