Friday, August 4, 2017

Autogyro MTO Sport, N571UJ: Accident occurred August 03, 2017 at Mentone Airport (C92), Kosciusko County, Indiana

The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA302
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 03, 2017 in Mantone, IN
Aircraft: JAMES F HAKE MTO SPORT, registration: N571UJ
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 3, 2017, about 0917 central daylight time, a Hake MTO Sport gyroplane, N571UJ, sustained minor damage when it tipped over on landing at Mantone Airport (C92), Mantone, Indiana. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. The pilot sustained a serious injury. The local flight originated at an undetermined time.

Witnesses reported the pilot flared too high and landed hard on runway 36. The gyroplane bounced and tipped over. The pilot later told a Federal Aviation Administration FAA) inspector that he had applied right rudder on landing. The rudder pedals remain connected to the steerable nose gear. When the nose wheel touched down, the side load caused the gyrocopter to tip onto its side and the rotor and propeller both struck the ground. The pilot said the accident was due to pilot error and that there were no mechanical or weather issues.

MENTONE – A Michigan man was transported to a Rochester hospital this morning after his Autogyro MTO Sport tipped over while landing at the Mentone Airport.

James Hake, 71, had a compound fracture his wrist, according to Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rick Shepherd. Mentone Town Marshal Jim Eads said Hake had a broken left arm and lots of abrasions, but had a helmet on when he crashed before 10 a.m. today. Hake was the only person in the plane.

Based on the information Shepherd gathered at the scene, as Hake was landing his Autogyro MTO Sport a front wheel tilted and caused the whole plane to rollover.

Since there was a crash with injury, Eads said the Federal Aviation Administration had to be contacted. Popular Rotorcraft Association President Brent Drake said he made that contact. 

“It just tipped over. It is just a rollover accident,” Drake said, identifying the gyroplane as “an Autogyro MTO Sport.”

He said the association is having it's yearly convention at the Mentone Airport this weekend and will be there through Sunday. Drake expected 300 members to be in attendance, with people coming from all over, including as far away as Alabama and Tennessee. In 2016, a man came from China for the convention.

Shepherd said before the gyroplane could be moved from the runway, the FAA had to clear it. 

Along with KCSD and the Mentone Police Department, responding to the scene was the fire department.

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