Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kens Wingless Wonder, N7195R: Accident occurred March 12, 2017 at Mount Airy Airport (KMWK), Surry County, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Greensboro, North Carolina

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA129
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Mount Airy, SC
Aircraft: KERNS KENNETH H KENS WINGLESS WONDER, registration: N7195R
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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, who was also the owner of the of amateur-built gyroplane stated he adjusted the prerotator motor pressure plate prior to the flight by moving it closer to the clutch to improve rpm. During takeoff, the gyroplane rolled right and he was unable to maintain control. The gyroplane subsequently impacted the ground and cartwheeled, which resulted in substantial damage to the rotor, mast, and cabin. He further stated that due to his adjustment, it was likely that the prerotator did not disengage, resulting in increased right torque and the inability to control the gyroplane during takeoff.

Surry County —  Just before 2 p.m. Sunday, officials say, a call came in about a gyroplane crashing at Mt. Airy Airport.

The crash happened about 30 yards off the runway.

The pilot was the only person on board and he was taken to Baptist Hospital.

Officials are not releasing his name yet, but do know that he is 65 years old.

Airport officials are on the scene right now and have reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration.


 MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - A gyroplane crashed at Mt. Airy Airport Sunday afternoon, according to the Surry County EMS director. 

John Shelton, Director of Surry County EMS, says the gyroplane crashed while the pilot attempted to land. He crashed about 30 yards off of the runway.

According to an airport employee who witnessed the crash, the pilot climbed out of the gyroplane. Shelton says he was taken to the hospital for evaluation. 

The FAA is currently investigating the crash. 


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