Newly released audio reveals the North Carolina pilot who jumped out of a plane mid-air and forced an emergency landing did not use a parachute, according to WRAL.
The body of 23-year-old Charles Hew Crooks was found July 29 in the backyard of a Fuquay-Varina home after a neighbor heard a loud noise and alerted authorities, according to the report. Crooks had neither a parachute nor a harness on him, according to WRAL.
Audio from around 2:30 p.m. Friday reveals details from an exchange between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Crooks’ co-pilot. The plane made an emergency landing around 2:48 p.m., according to WRAL.
“This is from Raleigh Airport,” an FAA employee said, according to audio obtained by WRAL. “We have a pilot who was inbound to the field. His co-pilot jumped out of the aircraft. He made impact to the ground and here are the coordinates.”
Twenty-three-year-old co-pilot Charles Hew Crooks was found dead after exiting a plane making an emergency landing. He and an unidentified pilot took off about 90 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina, when the plane suddenly lost a wheel. pic.twitter.com/fUWzYPFEzJ
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The recording was between airport employees and 911 dispatchers, according to the report.
“He said he jumped out of the aircraft,” the FAA employee reportedly stated. “His co-pilot jumped out without the parachute so he might have impact to the ground.” (RELATED: ‘I’ve Got A Serious Situation Here’: Passenger With ‘No Idea’ How To Fly Lands Plane After Pilot Falls Ill)
“I am sure the pilot is going to be shaken up,” an FAA employee said in the recording, according to the outlet. “I have no idea.”
“He literally just said, ‘My pilot just jumped out,'” the FAA employee reportedly continued.
Crooks’ friend, Devin Lynch, is demanding answers, according to WRAL.
“I would be interested in hearing the CVR recording because I’d like to hear what was going on in the cockpit that wasn’t being communicated to air traffic control,” Lynch reportedly said.
“I’ve known Charles for three years,” he continued, according to WRAL. “He was a pilot from the day I met him. I’ve flown with him a few times, and I can tell you firsthand what kind of pilot he was. He followed every rule to the letter.”
Crooks’ death is currently under investigation.