A 911 call from air traffic controllers indicates that a the co-pilot who died after ejecting from the plane in a mid-flight emergency may have jumped last week, according to a post on Tuesday.
The body of 23-year-old Charles Hew Crooks was found last weekend after he fell from a plane near Raleigh, North Carolina, on Friday afternoon. The pilot did not have a parachute when he exited the twin-engine CASA CN-212 Aviocar, leading to questions about whether he fell out of the plane or jumped.
A 13-minute recording of a 911 call made by two Federal Aviation Administration employees to RDU’s air traffic control tower during the incident may shed some light on the situation, with employees suggesting that another pilot of the plane reported that Crooks had jumped.
“This is from the Raleigh airport. We have a pilot who had come to the field. His co-pilot ejected from the aircraft,” an FAA employee can be heard saying before providing the coordinates of the incident location.
“So they said he jumped out of an aircraft,” they say. “His co-pilot jumped out without a parachute, so he could have hit the ground.”
“I think all we can really do at this point is rebuild,” the dispatcher says at one point.
“Yeah, I know. Yeah, I mean, I don’t know,” replies another FAA employee who takes the call. “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever come across.”
“I mean, I’m sure this pilot is going to be shaken up. I don’t know. He just said, ‘My pilot just bailed out,'” they say. FAA employees have not been identified.
There were no indications as to why Crooks might have jumped, and the investigation into exactly what happened is ongoing.
The pilot of the plane had told air traffic control that there were problems with the landing gear and he requested an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
They were able to land the plane on a grassy area of the airport around 2:40 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.
In a video obtained by an NBC affiliate WRAL from Raleighthe plane can be seen skidding off the runway and doing a partial circle before coming to a stop.
According to preliminary information gathered by the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane’s landing gear and fuselage were severely damaged. Associated Press.
Several agencies helped track down the scammers. His body was found in the Fuquay-Varina neighborhood after a resident flagged down an officer saying he heard a noise outside his property.
Crooks’ father, Hew Crooks, narrated WRAL that his son had worked for years to achieve his dream of becoming a pilot.
“He got his private pilot’s license while he was in college. I think he got it as a sophomore,” Hew Crooks said. “A couple of weeks ago he said he wouldn’t trade places with anyone in the world. He liked where he was.”
He said his family was devastated and asked what exactly happened to their son that day.
“I have no idea what happened,” he said. – I think we will find out.
Hew Crooks said his son was certified to fly in all conditions and had previously worked as a flight instructor.
His loss, according to his father, left an irreparable void in the family.
“We are a strong family and we are a very loving family. But it leaves a hole,” he said.