In a very concerning incident, it has been reported that a man allegedly fell from a cargo plane named CASA C-212. As of now, it has not been confirmed whether he had fallen or jumped willingly out of this twin-engine turboprop light cargo aircraft, but fortunately, the body has been recovered by authorities from North Carolina’s Wake Country. The authorities have not disclosed the identity of this 27-year-old man, but there were two people on board the aircraft at the time of the incident, which can be confirmed from the recordings extracted from the cockpit voice recorder here.
In addition to that, the aircraft had the call sign “Shady 02” with a civil registration number “N497CA”. It should be noted that the aircraft had initially lost its right main landing gear while attempting to land at “Raeford West Airport,” which is located outside of the city of Raeford to the southwest. It might look strange, but the aircraft departed again as a result of this “hard landing” and remained airborne until it had to make an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport as a result of this bizarre incident.
The aircraft landed on Runway 5R-23L at 2:40 pm according to the local time. Right after the landing, the pilot was headed to the nearby Duke hospital as he was being subjected to minor injuries. It has to be noted that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are now examining the accident under strict security control measures. As per reports from the local media, when the plane was flying in the vicinity of West Lake Middle school, one of the crewmen jumped from the aircraft without a parachute.
However, it’s still unclear why the aircraft again departed from Raeford West Airport despite a hard landing. Interestingly, the aircraft had flown through a number of routes and made multiple flights, according to the online flight tracking software system. This includes flights from Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport and PK Airpark’s West Drop zone as well. You can see the route chart flown by aircraft in the picture embedded below.
The event took an interesting turn when it was revealed that the aircraft had been registered under a company named “Spore LTD LLC” and its address was the same as that of the company named “Rampart Aviation”. Although Spore LTD LLC has no presence on any online platform, it can be seen in the pictures that the aircraft contains a logo of Rampart Aviation on its tail. But still, we cannot say that Rampart Aviation has any link with the incident because it’s usual for aviation contractors to have their aircrafts registered under one of the big aviation companies as a subsidiary.
Until then, we can just wait to see what the results could be after the investigations by the authorities.