The body of a man who descended from a mid-air plane during an emergency landing Friday near Raleigh, North Carolina has been found, authorities said.
At around 2:40 p.m. ET, a twin-engine CASA CN-212 Aviocar landed in the grass at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration told CNN in a statement.
Two people were on board when the plane took off, although an airport spokesperson told CNN affiliate WRAL that only the pilot was on board when it landed. The pilot’s condition was not released on Friday.
The body of the man believed to be the co-pilot was found in Fuquay-Varina just before 7 p.m., Wake County Emergency Management spokesman Darshan Patel told a news conference . A resident had alerted officers searching the area that they had heard something in their backyard, Patel said.
The co-pilot was identified as Charles Hew Crooks, 23, of Raleigh, according to the Fuquay-Varina Police Department.
It is unclear whether Crooks jumped or fell from the plane, authorities said. Crooks was not wearing a parachute when his body was recovered, Patel said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
Fuquay-Varina is about 15 miles southwest of Raleigh.