Monday, March 13, 2017

Autogyro Cavalon, N425AG: Accident occurred March 10, 2017 at Santa Maria Public Airport (KSMX), Santa Barbara County, California

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office:  Van Nuys, California  

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA184
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 10, 2017 in Santa Maria, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/2017
Aircraft: CSP LEASING LLC CAVALON, registration: N425AG
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 student pilot reported that, during a stop-and-go landing in crosswind conditions, the gyroplane bounced about 4 ft. He added that the wind lifted the gyroplane and that he did not have “the speed or rudder control to counteract” the drift. The gyroplane impacted the ground on its right side.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that, about 39 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 300° at 8 knots. The gyroplane landed on runway 30.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s improper landing flare and subsequent failure to maintain crosswind correction during landing in crosswind conditions.

An experimental autogyro rotorcraft ended up on its side after a hard landing about 3 p.m. Friday at the Santa Maria Public Airport. 

“A small gyrocopter pilot was doing some touch and goes. He was only going about 10 mph. I don’t know if it was wind, or what, but he tipped over,” said Chris Hastert, Santa Maria Public Airport executive director.

“The monetary damage to the gyrocopter is probably pretty high, but the physical damage was fairly low," he added.

Airport crews were able to lift the aircraft and tow it off the airfield.

There were no injuries.

Airport officials will continue to investigate the incident.


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