When the plane is going down, there really is only one thing to do:
That’s precisely what one co-pilot apparently did from a cargo plane during an emergency landing, with FAA dispatchers relaying the news on a 911 call, via TMZ.
“This is from Raleigh Airport … We have a pilot who was inbound to the field,” the dispatcher said to 911. “His co-pilot jumped out of the aircraft. He made impact to the ground and here are the coordinates.”
The co-pilot was identified as Charles Hew Crooks, 23. Per the call, Crews “jumped out without the parachute, so he might have impact to the ground,” via TMZ.
“I am sure the pilot is going to be shaken up. I have no idea. He literally just said, ‘My pilot just jumped out,'” the call continued. “… I guess at this point in time, all we can do is recovery. I don’t know. I don’t know. This is the craziest thing ever.”
Eventually, local authorities found Crews’ body 30 miles from the airport, in the backyard of a residential neighborhood.
In quite a strange twist, the pilot who remained on board suffered only minor injuries after a crash landing. He was taken to the hospital, but released on the same day.
“There is something bizarre about this investigation … It’s been days, and the pilot who landed the plane still has not been identified and nobody — the NTSB, FAA, FBI — has said a word about interviewing him or what he said,” TMZ noted.