Two employees of the Federal Aviation Administration in The Raleigh-Durham International Airport tower told the Raleigh-Wake County emergency dispatcher that the surviving pilot reported that his co-pilot jumped out of airplane last a week before the emergency landing.
body of Charles Hugh Crooks, aged 23, was found evening of July 29 in backyard Fuquay-Varina, hours after the plane landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Crooks was one of two pilots on aircraft KASA 212-200.
“This is from Raleigh Airport,” the FAA says. employee said in entry obtained on Tuesday by WRAL News. “We have a pilot who went to the field. His co-pilot jumped out of airplane. He made hit the ground, and here are the coordinates.
Recording, communication between those who are at the airport and 911 dispatchers, lasts about 13 minutes.
“He said he jumped out of aircraft, FAA employee said. “His co-pilot jumped out without a parachute so it could hit the ground.”
Wake County Emergency Manager of Chief Darshan Patel said the initial 911 service call came in around 2:30 pm on Friday, July 29 from RDU. Patel said, call that’s what prompted the search for Crooks. Flight Logs show the emergency landing occurred at 14:48.
FAA officials tried to figure out what happened.
“I sure the pilot will be shocked up”FAA employee said. “I have no idea.
“He literally just said: “My pilot just jumped out.'”
Crookes did not have a harness or parachute.
Patel told WRAL News: “As soon as the plane landed, it was confirmed based on on pilot report said second human in the aircraft exited the aircraft before landing.
“I think at this moment in time, all we can do is recovery”FAA employee said. “I know. I don’t know. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
Devin Lynch, friend of Crooks, said he needed answers.
“It would be interesting for me in listening to the CVR record because I like hear what’s going on on in cabin, which was not reported air traffic control,” Lynch said.
Lynch said that in the few years he has known Crookes, he feels out of character for him to jump from an airplane without a parachute.
“I knew Charles for three years. He’s been a pilot since the day I met his. I flew with him a few times and i can tell you first hand which one of he was a pilot. He followed every rule writing,” he said.
NTSB takes over investigation
National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday is coming over Crookes investigation death.
news comes the day after the Federal Aviation Administration stated that lead investigation.
The RDU police department said it had questioned the surviving pilot, whose name is unknown. made public. The RDU police did not release a report on the incident, citing an ongoing investigation. The airport police called over FAA and NTSB interviews.
Preliminary information indicates that the aircraft was seriously damaged on landing. gear and fuselage, according to NTSB.
NTSB will determine the scope of his investigation after more information going. board does not conduct any interviews because of Tuesday.
WRAL news also requested interviews with FAA and RDU police.
Patel said 80+ people were involved in Search for Crooks.
“At first it was quite a large search area and we wanted do sure we using our resources efficiently, but also effectively do what we could for this person,” Patel said.
Several law enforcement agencies were involved in Search for Crooks, including the Wake County Office of Emergency Management, city of cary city of Holly Springs city of Fuquay-Varina and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
‘That was kind of all hands on deck for people who we in what areaPatel said.
Authorities found Crooks body around 7:00 pm, Friday, July 29th. in backyard of Fouquet-Varina home. Neighbor who heard noise tagged down officers in in area. officers found Crooks with no sign of harness or parachute.
WRAL News is working to determine what the two pilots think. mission was on July 29. Both pilots were working at the time. for Rampart Aviation. The company did not respond to multiple inquiries from WRAL News. for comment.