Cherry Point jet went down off coast near Wrightsville Beach in May
Officials with the Marine Corps plan to complete an investigation into last May’s crash of a Cherry Point Harrier jet into the Atlantic Ocean by February, a spokesman said.
Lt. John P. Roberts said he expects “the investigation to wrap in the coming months.”
The AV-8B Harrier crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about two miles off the shore of Wrightsville Beach just before 5 p.m. May 6.
The pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 542, based out of Cherry Point, ejected from the aircraft. He was rescued by a Navy H-60 Seahawk helicopter at 5:28 p.m. and taken to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was recovering at home within two weeks of the crash.
A U.S. Navy salvage unit completed recovery of the jet on June 21, Roberts said.
“The accident has been classified as a Class A mishap, meaning there was more than $2 million in damage,” Roberts said.
The U.S. Coast Guard cleared the area for boat traffic about two weeks after the crash.
Several squadrons of AV-8B Harriers are based at Cherry Point in Havelock, which is roughly 20 miles southeast of New Bern.
Marine Corps officials said in May that the investigation into the crash’s circumstances could take as long as a year.