The body of a co-pilot who descended from a mid-air plane during an emergency landing near Raleigh, North Carolina, has been found, police said.
The co-pilot, identified as 23-year-old Charles Hew Crooks, was not wearing a parachute, Wake County Emergency Management spokesman Darshan Patel said at a press conference Friday evening. Authorities believe Crooks jumped or fell from the plane.
Crooks and a pilot were on board a twin-engine CASA CN-212 Aviocar when it took off on Friday. The plane landed in a lawn at Raleigh-Durham International Airport around 2:40 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.
In video obtained by NBC affiliate WRAL of Raleigh, the plane appears to skid off the runway and turn in a partial circle before coming to a stop.
The pilot, who has not been identified, told air traffic control there was a problem with the landing gear and requested an emergency landing at the airport, according to the information station. The pilot suffered minor injuries and was discharged from hospital, WRAL reported.
Several agencies helped track down scammers. His body was found in a Fuquay-Varina neighborhood just before 7 p.m. after a resident reported an officer, saying he heard a noise behind his property.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.