Federal Officials are investigating a co-pilot’s death after he exited a plane while it was in mid-air. The plane that the co-pilot was on was a twin-engine CASA CN-212 Aviocar, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
A spokesperson for the airport told CNN that two people were on board the flight, but only the pilot was on board when it landed. They have not released the pilot’s condition as of yet.
The co-pilot was identified as Charles Hew Crooks, 23, from Raleigh, according to the Fuquay-Varina Police Department. Cook’s body was found in someone’s backyard after the resident heard a loud noise.
Wake County emergency management spokesperson Darshan Patel said it is unclear whether Crooks jumped or fell from the plane. Crooks was not wearing a parachute, Patel said.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what could have happened.