Charles Hew Crooks: Autopsy report agrees man accidentally fell to his death from damaged airplane back in July

RALEIGH, NC– The autopsy report for Charles Hew Crooks was released just over four months after he fell from a plane before it made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Crooks, 23, was one of two pilots on the CASA C-212 Aviocar that was skydiving on July 20 when its undercarriage was damaged. The two pilots declared the emergency and worked with air traffic control to conduct a planned forced landing on the RDU.

During the flight from Raeford West Airport to RDU, the aircraft experienced moderate turbulence – defined by abrupt changes in altitude that make walking difficult and cause unsecured objects to become detached.

ALSO SEE: 911 calls initiated in an incident where the co-pilot abandoned the aircraft, which later made an emergency landing on the RDU

According to reports from the other pilot, investigators and the coroner, Crooks felt ill. He opened a window in the cockpit, but when that didn’t help, he apologized to his co-pilot and exited the cockpit towards the open rear ramp.

Crooks then fell from the rear of the plane. His body was found in the backyard of a home in Fuquay-Varina.

Due to the moderate turbulence and open stern ramp combined with the injuries Crooks sustained, the coroner agreed with investigators that his cause of death was accidental.

The coroner determined that Crook’s cause of death was multiple blunt trauma.

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