In a horrifying incident, a copilot of a small plane died on Friday after leaving the plane in North Carolina, US, before making an emergency landing.
According to the Independent, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed that a twin-engine CASA CN-212 Aviocar landed in the grass at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. But the copilot’s body, identified as 23-year-old Charles Hew Crooks, was found in a backyard about 30 miles south of the airport. The plane’s pilot, on the other hand, was found alone on the plane and was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
In a statement, police said, “Earlier today, surrounding law enforcement and fire departments responded to the Sonoma Springs Subdivision with the aim of locating the copilot who had exited an aircraft in flight.”
From New York Post, the police are trying to figure out why Mr. Crooks was not in the cockpit when the plane hit the runway. They said the 23-year-old was not wearing a parachute. They believe his body fell about 3,500 feet. Authorities still don’t know if he died before the incident. It is also not clear whether Mr Crooks jumped or fell from the plane.
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First responders found the copilot when a resident reportedly knocked them off after hearing something in their backyard, said Darshan Patel, operations manager for Wake County’s emergency management. He also informed that the pilot had asked air traffic control for help before the crash because they lost the right wheel of the plane.
Now both the Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.