"A 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, AV-8B Harrier based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, crashed earlier today near Havelock, NC The pilot ejected safely and is currently being transported to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, NC for further evaluation", the statement from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing said.
According to the statement, there were no reports of civilian casualties or property damage following the incident. The military has cordoned the site and the cause of the incident is under the investigation.
On 5 January, an AV-8B Harrier aircraft was reportedly damaged after it ingested a refueling ground strap.
In December 2018, six US Marines died after a KC-130 collided with an F/A-18 off the coast of Japan.