Last week, a co-pilot died after allegedly leaping from an aircraft during an emergency landing.
According to a WRAL News report published on Tuesday, the report comes from two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees working at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. According to the employees, the co-pilot who died leapt from a CASA 212-200 aircraft as it was forced an emergency landing at the airport at around 2:30 p.m. ET, according to a pilot.
“This is from Raleigh airport,” one FAA employee said in a 13-minute 911 call recording acquired by WRAL News. “We have a pilot who was inbound to the field. His co-pilot jumped out of the aircraft. He made impact to the ground and here are the coordinates.”
Following the landing, the search for the co-pilot, 23-year-old Charles Hew Crooks, began. At around 7 p.m., his body was discovered in the backyard of a home in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.
A neighbor alerted officers undertaking the search after hearing a suspicious noise coming from the property earlier in the day.
“I guess all we can do at this point is recover,” one of the staff members said during the 911 call. “I know. I don’t know. This is the craziest thing ever.”
According to the recording, the co-pilot leapt from the aircraft without a chute or harness, causing his survival to be improbable.
The FAA directed the investigation into the incident following the landing and Crooks’ death. The investigation was turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday (NTSB).
At the moment, details about why the plane had to make an emergency landing are scarce. According to preliminary information released by the NTSB, the craft appeared to have significant damage to its fuselage and landing gear, according to WRAL. The full scope of the investigation is still unknown.