23-year-old dies

23-year-old dies after exiting plane midair before emergency landing at RDU
23-year-old dies after exiting plane midair before emergency landing at RDU

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FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — A man jumped or fell from a plane Friday afternoon, 23-year-old dies after exiting plane midair before emergency landing at RDU.

The plane crashed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in an emergency landing after experiencing a landing gear problem.

Darshan Patel, director of operations for Wake County Emergency Management, said in a press briefing after the discovery.
It’s after an extensive search involving several municipal, state and federal agencies, the man’s body was found behind a house near Sunset Lake and Hilltop Nidmore Roads.

On Friday night, the man was identified as Charles Hugh Crooks of Raleigh, according to a post on the Fuquai Farina Police Department’s Facebook page.

Earlier on Friday, Patel did not recognize Crooks but said he is 27.

The body of the 23-year-old co-pilot was found in the backyard of a Fuquai Farina resident around 7 p.m. during a search effort.

Authorities said Charles Hugh Crooks did not survive the fall.

The aircraft, owned by SPORE LTD, is a small aircraft that can accommodate up to ten people.

There were only two people on board when it took off, and there was only one person, the pilot, on board when it landed.

The pilot who landed the plane was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. He was discharged from the hospital on Friday evening.

WRAL News received a voice Friday night from the pilot asking for help from traffic control.

“Emergency, we lost the right steering wheel,” the pilot said in the recording. “We’d like to talk to Raleigh and make an emergency landing in Raleigh.”

The airport at RDU International Airport is temporarily closed until the scene is secured.

The research crews “would have wished for a better result,” Patel said.

He said he didn’t know if the man who died had jumped or fallen.

Patel said the man did not have an umbrella.
He didn’t know how high the plane was when the man left the plane.

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