Man's fall from plane making an emergency landing ruled accidental
The autopsy report for a man who fell from an airplane before it made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport has been released and shows Charles Crooks’ death was accidental.
Crooks, 23, was one of two pilots on the plane making skydiving runs on July 20 when the landing gear was damaged. The two pilots declared an emergency and worked with air traffic control to make a planned emergency landing at RDU.
During the flight, officials say the plane experienced moderate turbulence, and the other pilot told investigators that Crooks said he felt sick.
He opened a window in the cockpit but when that didn't help, left the cockpit heading toward the open rear ramp.
Crooks then fell out of the back of the airplane. His body was found in the back yard of a home in Fuquay-Varina.
The medical examiner agreed with investigators that his cause of death was an accident.