Aircraft Model: SPARROW II
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13
N130SW EXPERIMENTAL SPARROWHAWK II ROTORCRAFT, CRASHED INTO TREES, LUBBOCK, TEXAS.
NTSB Identification: CEN14CA059
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Lubbock, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/13/2014
Aircraft: GROEN SPARROWHAWK II, registration: N130SW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that the gyroplane was too high and too slow during the landing approach. The gyroplane landed hard and the landing gear collapsed, which resulted in substantial damage to the main rotor blades and the tail boom. The pilot reported that there was no malfunction or system failure of the gyroplane before the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to attain a proper glidepath for landing which resulted in a hard landing.