Co-pilot of plane jumped from

according to air traffic controllers


RALEIGH (N.C.) — An 911 call to air traffic controllers suggested that a copilot might have jumped out of a damaged aircraft before the pilot made an emergency landing in North Carolina. A recording of Tuesday’s call was released.

It’s not clear how Charles Hew Crooks (23,) left the small cargo aircraft on Friday afternoon, approximately 30 km south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. His body was discovered in Fuquay-Varina’s backyard. He didn’t have a parachute.

An unidentified Federal Aviation Administration employee can be heard telling a 911 dispatcher the plane was headed to the airport. News outlets claimed that the pilot had told them his copilot “jumped out” of the plane.

” We have a pilot who was inbound to our field,” said a controller to WRAL. His copilot leapt out of the plane. The coordinates .”

of his impact on the ground are here

The call took 13 mins, and the controllers repeated several times that their co-pilot had jumped.

Wake County Emergency Management Chief Of Operations Darshan Ptel stated that the first 911 emergency call led to the search for Crooks.

According to preliminary information from the National Transportation Safety Board, there was substantial damage to the airplane’s landing gear and fuselage. Investigations are ongoing.

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