FAA investigates death of co-pilot who ejected from plane mid-air in NC

Authorities say the body of a man who got off the plane mid-flight during Friday’s emergency landing near Raleigh, North Carolina, has been found.

Around 2:40 p.m. ET, a twin-engine CASA CN-212 Aviocar aircraft landed on the lawn at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration told CNN in a statement.

Two people were on board when the plane took off, although an airport spokesman told CNN WRAL that only the pilot was on board when the plane landed. The pilot’s condition was not released on Friday.

The body of the man believed to be the co-pilot was recovered in Fuquay-Varina shortly before 7 p.m., Wake County emergency management spokesman Darshan Patel said at a news conference. A resident alerted officers searching the area that they heard something in their backyard, Patel said.

The co-pilot has been identified as Charles Hew Crooks, 23, from Raleigh, according to the Fuquay-Varina Police Department.

Authorities said it was unclear whether Crooks jumped or fell from the plane. Patel said the crook didn’t even when his body was recovered.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

Fuquay-Varina is about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Raleigh.

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