Authorities say a pilot was rescued in the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast after he parachuted from what they believe was a Harrier jet as it went down in flames.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Sansoucie says a hotel guest in Wrightsville Beach saw a person eject from the burning plane shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.
When Coast Guard rescuers arrived on the scene, they found a Navy helicopter with two swimmers had hoisted the pilot inside. Sansoucie says it's unclear whether the pilot was injured.
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Sansoucie says no one else was on board.
Coast Guard officials say they believe the aircraft was a Harrier jet. Several squadrons of AV-8B Harriers are based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.