Plane crashes into Neuse River near Union Point Park

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A small plane crashed into the Neuse River Saturday afternoon.

New Bern Police say happened at 4:15pm near Union Point Park.

Craven County Emergency Services Assistant Director Ira Whitford told WNCT the pilot was practicing stunts when something went wrong. The pilot, identified at Marco Bouw, ejected himself and parachuted out of the plane. No injuries were reported.

New Bern Police said the pilot of the plane was the only one on board at the time of the crash. Investigators say the pilot was pulled to safety and did not appear to have been serious injured.

New Bern Police, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Coast Guard all responded to the crash.

Investigators say the plane broke into several pieces and went underwater during the crash.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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