Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Van Nuys, California
Rotorcraft crashed on landing.
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL AUTOGYRO
Aircraft Model: GMBH CAVALON
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SANTA MARIA
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.