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Co-pilot dead after falling or jumping from small plane – NBC4 Washington

The co-pilot of a small plane died on Friday after falling from the plane in North Carolina before it made an emergency landing.

NBC Affiliate WRAL Reports that the body of co-pilot, Charles Hew Crooks, 23, was found in a backyard in the town of Fuquay-Varina, about 30 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He had no parachute.

The pilot made an emergency landing at the airport on Friday afternoon after reporting that one of the wheels had come off the landing gear. He was treated and released from hospital with minor injuries.

The pilot was the only person on board the turboprop aircraft during the landing.

The aircraft, which is owned by SPORE LTD LLC, is a small 10-person aircraft, according to WRAL.

Local, state and federal authorities, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, are investigating.

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