Co-pilot jumps mid-air without parachute in Raleigh before emergency landing

19 days ago

Raleigh news, North Carolina news.

A co-pilot’s body was located in a Raleigh neighborhood after he jumped off plane mid-air without a parachute prompting a massive search Friday.

Authorities identified the deceased as 23-year-old Charles Hew Crooks. He was the co-pilot of the plane that later landed in an emergency in the grass, skidding off the Raleigh-Durham International Airport runway.

“Emergency, we’ve lost our right wheel,” the surviving pilot told traffic control before the landing.

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    Witnesses reported seeing a swarm of emergency responders rushing to the runway after receiving the call.

    “I saw a whole crowd of people looking out the window at the jet bridge, and then saw that propeller plane on the grass beyond the runway and a couple of emergency vehicles,” a witness said.

    It’s unclear why Crooks decided to leave the plane mid-air, falling to his death in a Fuquay-Varina neighborhood’s backyard.