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Posted: 7/19/2010 5:21:35 PM EST
Anybody hear about this?

A U.S. Marine Corps pilot wasn't seriously injured late Sunday when his AV8B Harrier jet crashed in the Pine Castle area of Ocala National Forest.

Capt. Jarrod L. Klement, part of a Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit participating in a training exercise over the forest, ejected from the single-seat aircraft before it crashed about 8 p.m, according to Marine Sgt. Bryce Piper, who was at the crash scene Sunday.

"He walked away from the crash," Piper said. "He is our most precious asset, and the fact that he was able to walk away is really incredibly relieving to everyone here in the unit."

Klement was in stable condition at Shands at the University of Florida hospital in Gainesville with minor injuries. The remains of his jet remain in the heavily wooded crash site as the investigation into the accident continues, Piper said. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.



From the Florida Times Union.



Pics here: http://www.wftv.com/slideshow/news/24309686/detail.html


Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:08:50 PM EST
Glad he is ok, I hope his career isn't over either.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:14:15 PM EST
Had some of our boys upstairs watching his six.

Semper Fidelis
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:52:07 PM EST
I opened this fearing the worst.

Glad the Capt. made it out and down ok.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 9:17:04 PM EST
I was camping in juniper prairie at the time. the plane burst into flames right above my camp site. i couldn't believe what i saw. I watched him bail out and then heard the plane hit and saw the smoke. I'm glad he is ok it sucks that happened but it was cool to see.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 9:21:32 PM EST
Harrier otherwise known as a North Carolina lawn dart. The Emergcency Rec guys shouldn't have too much of a problem with this one. Don't miss that.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 2:49:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By Garnerindustries:
I was camping in juniper prairie at the time. the plane burst into flames right above my camp site. i couldn't believe what i saw. I watched him bail out and then heard the plane hit and saw the smoke. I'm glad he is ok it sucks that happened but it was cool to see.


you might want to talk to someone about what you saw....
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