A 911 name reveals that NC pilot Charley Hew Crooks has jumped out of the airplane

A 911 call released Tuesday revealed that the co-pilot who mysteriously disappeared mid-air in North Carolina had “jumped” out of the aircraft.

Two Federal Aviation Administration employees were heard saying that Charley Hew Crooks’ co-pilot reported that he had ejected from the damaged plane before it made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Friday. WRAL reported.

“This is from the Raleigh airport,” an FAA air traffic controller said in the recording. “We have a pilot who had come to the field. His co-pilot jumped out of the plane. It hit the ground and here are the coordinates.

The 23-year-old’s body was later found in the backyard of a home in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, about 30 miles south of the airport.

The body of Charles Hew Crooks, 23, was found on July 29. in the backyard of a home in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, about 30 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where the plane made an emergency landing after losing its right wheel. .

During the 13-minute conversation, an FAA employee said Crooks’ co-pilot reported that he “jumped out without a parachute, so he may have hit the ground.”

“I’m sure the pilot is going to be shocked,” said one FAA employee. “I have no idea. He simply said, “My pilot just jumped out.”

The tape captures FAA personnel frantically trying to figure out what happened to Crooks.

“I think all we can do right now is recover,” the FAA controller told the dispatcher. “I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s the craziest thing.

Wake County emergency management officials told WRAL that the first 911 call came in at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The CASA 212-200 made an emergency landing about 18 minutes later, WRAL reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the ongoing investigation.  Initial information indicates that the aircraft's undercarriage and fuselage were heavily damaged and the pilot requested an emergency landing.
The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the ongoing investigation. Initial information indicates that the aircraft’s undercarriage and fuselage were heavily damaged and the pilot requested an emergency landing.
WRAL

“When the plane landed, it was reconfirmed based on the report that the pilot said the person on board had exited the aircraft before it landed,” Wake County Emergency Management Operations Manager Darshan Patel told the station.

Crooks’ co-pilot, whose identity has not been released, was taken to hospital with minor injuries during the landing. He was released later that day.

Crooks’ father, Hew Crooks, previously told WRAL he had no idea what had happened in his son’s last moments.

“We can’t process it now,” he said. “I don’t know.”

Devin Lynch, a friend of Crooks, said the incident did not match what he knew about the late pilot.

“I’ve known Charles for three years,” Lynch told WRAL. “He was a pilot from the day I met him. I flew with him a few times and can tell you first hand what a pilot he was. He followed all the rules to the letter.

Lynch said he would like to hear what the cockpit voice recorders recorded at the time.

“I would be interested to hear the CVR because I would like to hear what was going on in the cockpit that was not reported to air traffic control,” Lynch said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the ongoing investigation. Initial information indicates that the aircraft’s undercarriage and fuselage were heavily damaged and the pilot requested an emergency landing.

The pilots were flying with Rampart Aviation at the time, which did not respond to requests for information about the nature of the flight, WRAL reported.

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