Friday, May 5, 2017

Vortex, N514CL: Accident occurred May 04, 2017 at Spanish Fork Airport (U77), Utah County, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA259 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 04, 2017 in Spanish Fork, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/2017
Aircraft: CURTIS LUND VORTEX, registration: N514CL
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 he flared the gyroplane too high and landed hard and that the gyroplane subsequently tipped over on its right side. He added that he evacuated the gyroplane before a postimpact fire ensued and destroyed the gyroplane.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

The student pilot reported that he flared too high, landed hard, and the gyroplane tipped over on its right side. He added that he evacuated the gyroplane before a post-impact fire ensued and destroyed the gyroplane.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N514CL

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA259
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 04, 2017 in Spanish Fork, UT
Aircraft: CURTIS LUND VORTEX, registration: N514CL
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 he flared too high, landed hard, and the gyroplane tipped over on its right side. He added that he evacuated the gyroplane before a post-impact fire ensued and destroyed the gyroplane.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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