The person advised the RDU tower his co-pilot ‘jumped out of the aircraft earlier than making an emergency touchdown :: WRAL.com

Two Federal Aviation Administration employees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tower told Raleigh-Wake County 911 dispatchers that the surviving pilot reported that his colleague jumped out of the plane last week. before the emergency landing.

The body of Charles Hew Crooks, 23, was found on the evening of July 29 in the backyard of Fuquay-Varina, hours after the plane landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The crook was one of the two pilots on board CASA 212-200.

“This is from Raleigh Airport,” an FAA official said in an audio recording obtained by WRAL News on Tuesday. His co-pilot jumped out of the plane. He made an impact on the ground and here are the coordinates”.

The recording, a communication between airport people and 911 dispatchers, lasted about 13 minutes.

“He said he jumped out of the plane,” said an FAA official. “His co-pilot jumped out without a parachute so he could have collided with the ground.” .

Wake County Executive Director of Emergency Management Darshan Patel said the 911 call initially arrived around 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 29 from the RDU. Patel said the call was what prompted the search for the Fraudster. Flight log shows emergency landing occurred at 2:48pm

FAA officers tried to analyze what happened.

“I’m sure the pilot will have concussion,” said one FAA official. “I have no idea.

“He just literally said, ‘My pilot just jumped out.”

The crooks don’t have belts or umbrellas.

Patel told WRAL News, “After the plane landed, it was reconfirmed based on a report that the pilot said the second person in the plane was out of the plane before landing.”

“I guess at this point, all we can do is recover,” said one FAA employee. “I know. I don’t know. This is the craziest thing ever.”

NTSB receives investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday announced it was taking over an investigation into Crooks’ death.

The news comes a day after the Federal Aviation Administration said it would lead the investigation.

The RDU Police Department said it interviewed the surviving co-pilot, whose names were not made public. RDU police have not released the incident report, citing an ongoing investigation. Airport police forwarded the interview to the FAA and NTSB.

Crews find presumed missing person on plane emergency landing at RDU

According to the NTSB, preliminary information indicates that the aircraft suffered significant damage to its landing gear and fuselage.

The NTSB will determine the scope of its investigation after it gathers more information. The board will not be conducting any interviews as of Tuesday.

WRAL News has also requested interviews with FAA Police and RDU.

Charles Hew Crooks

Patel said more than 80 people were involved in the search for the Fraudster.

“It was a pretty big search area at first, and we wanted to make sure we were using our resources efficiently but also efficiently to do what we could for this individual. ,” said Patel.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for the Fraudster, including the Wake County Emergency Management Agency, the town of Cary, the town of Holly Springs, the town of Fuquay-Varina, and the Highway Patrol. North Carolina State Express.

“It’s kind of a go-to for people in that area,” says Patel.

Authorities discovered Crooks’ body around 7 p.m. Friday, July 29 in the backyard of a home in Fuquay-Varina. A neighbor who heard the noises flagged the officers in the area. Officers found the Scammer with no sign of a harness or parachute.

WRAL News was working to determine what the two pilots’ duties were on July 29. Both pilots were working for Rampart Aviation at the time. The company did not respond to WRAL News’ multiple requests for comment.

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