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Mystery as co-pilot dies after fall from aircraft


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When a small plane made an emergency landing at a US airport on Friday after losing its right wheel, only one of its two pilots were on board.

Police are trying to piece together why Charles Hew Crooks, 23, was not in the cockpit when the plane hit the runway at Raleigh Durham International Airport in North Carolina.

His body was found in the backyard of a home about 50km south of the airport in the town of Fuquay-Varina.

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Perhaps he was leaning out to assess the issue and fell?

Makes no sense to jump without a parachute.

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42 minutes ago, Rolltide said:

Perhaps he was leaning out to assess the issue and fell?

Makes no sense to jump without a parachute.

Sounds plausible, seems like the pilot should know the story.  I have not seen his comment.  It makes no sense to jump unless you are suicidal.  

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Or he was suicidal, jumped and damaged the wheel

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18 hours ago, OverSword said:

Or he was suicidal, jumped and damaged the wheel

I guess that thought could apply to him being pushed out as well.

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1 minute ago, Myles said:

I guess that thought could apply to him being pushed out as well.

Only if he was already incapacitated I think

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It sounds a bit fishy to me.

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A young pilot who became “visibly upset” about an emergency landing in North Carolina last month allegedly told his co-pilot he needed some air before jumping to his death, officials have said.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/pilot-said-he-needed-air-before-exiting-plane-and-plummeting-to-his-death/ar-AA10LvHZ?

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2 hours ago, Eldorado said:

A young pilot who became “visibly upset” about an emergency landing in North Carolina last month allegedly told his co-pilot he needed some air before jumping to his death, officials have said.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/pilot-said-he-needed-air-before-exiting-plane-and-plummeting-to-his-death/ar-AA10LvHZ?

Darn weird

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15 hours ago, the13bats said:

Darn weird

I guess he thought they would crash, explode and burn alive or something, so he opted to jump. That is my thinking on this matter, and yes, even if not the case, still weird.

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