A 911 call from air traffic controllers suggests that a co-pilot may have jumped from a damaged plane from 3,500 feet before the other pilot made an emergency landing in North Carolina, according to a recording of the call that was released Tuesday.
It’s been unclear exactly how or why Charles Hew Crooks, 23, exited the small cargo plane on Friday afternoon about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Investigators have not confirmed whether Crook’s jump was intentional.
The co-pilot also did not have a parachute, and his body was found in a backyard on a property in Compaign Cove in the town of Fuquay-Varina.
Two unnamed Federal Aviation Administration employees can be heard telling a 911 dispatcher that the plane was heading to the airport.
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