The body of a 27-year-old man, whose identity has not been made public, was found in Wake County, North Carolina. This individual fits the description of a person who appears to have fallen or jumped from a CASA C-212 twin-engine turboprop light cargo plane before it made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport .
The CASA C-212, which has civil registration number N497CA, attempted to land on Raleigh-Durham runway 5R-23L around 2:40 p.m. local time, according to local television affiliate WTVD-TV. ABC. Publicly available recordings of exchanges with air traffic controllers in the area, which you can listen to here, confirm that two individuals were initially on board. The crew can be heard explaining that the plane, which was using call sign Shady 02 at the time, lost its right main landing gear wheel after what they described as a “landing brutal” at Raeford West Airport, outside the south west town of Raeford. They had managed to resume their flight thereafter.
After the ensuing emergency landing in Raleigh-Durham, the pilot of N497CA was transported to Duke Hospital with minor injuries. The accident is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
According to local media, one of the crew members, who was not wearing a parachute, at least initially left the plane as the plane hovered over a body of water near West Lake Middle School near the airport. ‘Apex, North Carolina. Darshan Patel, director of operations for the Wake County Emergency Management Division, told a news conference this evening that an area resident reported to authorities involved in the search effort to let them know that they had heard something fall in their backyard. Sadly, the body was later located and recovered, marking the tragic end to this bizarre incident.
What exactly the CASA C-212 was doing at the time of the hard landing is unclear. Online flight tracking software shows he also made several flights today from Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport in neighboring Nash County, North Carolina, and made various trips south -west of Fayetteville, including near the west PK Airpark drop zone, before the accident. .
Technically, the N497CA is registered with a company called Spore LTD LLC, according to the FAA’s online database. The company has no real online presence. It should be noted that its address in Colorado Springs, Colorado, registered with the FAA, is the same as another company called Rampart Aviation. CASA 212 aircraft are part of Rampart’s fleet and relatively recent photos of this particular aircraft online show it with a clearly visible Rampart company logo on the tail. It is not uncommon for aviation contractors to register their individual aircraft with multiple subsidiaries for a variety of reasons.
Additionally, Rampart is known to perform contract work for the U.S. military, including supporting parachute training and test and evaluation activities for U.S. Army airborne units and task forces. American specials. The Pentagon announced just in April that U.S. Special Operations Command had awarded new contracts to Rampart and a number of other companies for “free fall and static line military support in various locations across the continent. American”. Fayetteville is home to the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg, the service’s primary airborne and special operations center, and PK Airpark and its associated drop zones are regularly used by U.S. troops. This does not conclusively mean that this plane belonged to a subsidiary of this firm, but it is certainly remarkable at this time.
We have contacted Rampart Aviation for comment. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.
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