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23-Year-Old Pilot Mysteriously Dies During Emergency Landing (VIDEO)


On Friday, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport received a report that a plane made an emergency landing on their runway.

The plane landed in a grass area at Raleigh-Durham International Airport around 2:40 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

“In a video obtained by NBC affiliate WRAL of Raleigh, the plane appears to skid off the runway and spin in a partial circle before coming to a stop,” NBC News reported.

The small 10-person plane was co-piloted by 23-year-old Charles Crooks.

He was not on the plane after its landing and his body was found in the backyard of a Fuquay-Varina residence.

Crooks did not survive the fall from the plane.


WRAL reported:

A family in the neighborhood told WRAL News they were in their home when they heard a loud thud outside.

They didn’t see anything in their backyard, but within several hours, the street was filled with police.

That night, investigators found Charles Crooks caught in the trees in their backyard.

Investigators said Charles Crooks had either fallen or jumped out of the plane while it was still in the air – without a parachute.

“I can’t imagine what happened,” his father said. “We’ll figure it out, I suppose.”

His father said Charles Crooks had worked as a flight instructor for over a year and had been certified in flying in just about any conditions.

They’re waiting for investigators to determine what led up to his final moments.

“We’re a strong family and we’re a very loving family. But this, it leaves a hole,” his father said. “I don’t know. We can’t process it right now.”

The other pilot was able to safely land the plane and only suffered minor injuries.

Officials said he was released from a local hospital on Friday evening.

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


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