Aviation investigators are scratching their heads on a 10-person plane that took off with 2 pilots but returned with just one…
According to federal officials, 23-year-old co-pilot Charles Hugh Crooks either collapsed or died after he made an emergency landing at Raleigh Durham International Airport while he was in the skies on Friday.
They were trying to get back to the ground as safely as possible after the plane lost its right wheel… when the crooks exited the tiny 10-seater.
His body was found about 30 miles away, trapped in the trees of someone’s backyard – there was no parachute on it and officials believe he fell 3,500 feet.
The Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating whether he died before the fall.
The second pilot was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries and was released the same day.
Crooks’ father, O Crooks, Told WRAL He is unable to process the news… saying that his son “won’t do business with anyone in the world. He loved where he was.”
Crooks, a flight instructor, got his private pilot’s license while just a sophomore in college… and his father can’t even imagine what happened.