Pilot killed in crash near Marine base

December 29, 2008 12:12:45 PM PST
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.