An emergency call placed by air traffic controllers to 911 reveals that a co-pilot of a damaged jet may have ejected before the other pilot performed an emergency landing.
On Tuesday, August 2, an emergency landing was performed in North Carolina by the other pilot of a damaged aircraft. According to a recording of the 911 call made by air traffic controllers, it seems that a co-pilot may have jumped from the damaged plane before the other pilot made the emergency landing. On Friday, some thirty miles to the south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, a man named Charles Hew Crooks, 23, is said to have leapt out of a small cargo aircraft. It is not clear how or why precisely he carried out this action. His corpse was found in a property in the town of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, and there was no parachute on him. The 911 operator overhears two individuals working for the Federal Aviation Administration, but they remain anonymous, claiming that the jet was on route to the airport. A recent story states that the pilot who was present on board allegedly informed those present that his co-pilot had “jumped out of the plane.”
The Sun reports that a controller said the following to the 911 dispatcher: “We have a pilot who was inbound to the field.” His co-pilot evacuated the plane safely before he did. He caused a disturbance on the earth, and the coordinates are as follows: During the course of the roughly 13-minute contact, the controllers reiterated on many occasions that the co-pilot had exited the aircraft. According to Darshan Patel, Chief of Operations for Wake County Emergency Management, the original 911 call is what triggered the hunt for Crooks. Initial information obtained by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that both the aircraft’s landing gear and its fuselage were significantly damaged in the accident.
Hew Crooks, Charles Crooks’s father, told that he had no knowledge what had happened to his son and said, “I have no concept what has happened to my son.” “What transpired is incomprehensible to me. We’ll work it out, I suppose. I’m not sure why we are unable to process it at the moment. While he was attending college, he worked toward getting his private pilot licence. I believe he obtained it while he was a sophomore in high school. A few of weeks ago, he said that he would never want to switch places with anybody else in the whole world. He loved the location he was in.” Crooks claims that his kid is certified to fly in any kind of weather and has previous experience working as a flying teacher. He said that the loss of his son had created a void in the family that could never be filled. “Not only do we have a powerful family, but we also have a really loving family. However, this creates a gap in the story,” he said.
Patel and the Fuquay-Varina Police Department were referred to as the point of contact for any questions about the investigation into RDU, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. Patel claims that the searchers followed the flight plan of the jet and matched it to the radio transmission from the pilot. Patel said that searchers conducted an exhaustive search of a large area utilising a helicopter and a drone. This area spanned from the southern part of Wake County to the county line with Harnett. The circumstances were characterised as “strange” by Brandon Medina, the chief of police of Fuquay-Varina; nevertheless, he did not comment on whether or not a criminal investigation was being carried out. The investigation is still going on right now.