Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hickox Andys Autogyro, N152AH: Fatal accident occurred September 28, 2017 near Umatilla Municipal Airport (X23), Lake County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N152AH

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA339
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Umatilla, FL
Aircraft: HICKOX ANDY ANDYS GYROPLANE, registration: N152AH
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 28, 2017, about 1122 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built gyroplane, N152AH, impacted a wooded area near Umatilla, Florida. The private pilot was fatally injured and the gyroplane was destroyed. The gyroplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated about 1000 from Bob White Field Airport (X61), Zellwood, Florida.

A witness at a nearby bee farm reported seeing the gyroplane fly over his position in a north-northwesterly direction. The witness reported the engine was running, and he heard 2 popping sounds, followed 1 large pop sound, and then the engine lost total power. At that time, while about 50 to 60 ft above the tree tops, the witness observed a large main rotor blade separate. The gyroplane began descending and he lost sight but then heard an impact. He drove to the accident site and informed the property owner of the accident.

Nearly the full length of one main rotor blade was found about 193° and 333 ft from the main wreckage. The wreckage was recovered and the fractured main rotor blade were retained for further examination.


Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov 

Jim Pensinger

UMATILLA – Authorities have released the name of the gyrocopter pilot who died Thursday when his aircraft crashed in the woods near County Roads 450A and 44A.

The pilot was James Pensinger, 73, of Apopka, according to Lt. John Herrell with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

“He loved aviation. He did everything to stay in it,” said Roger Dubbert, a customer representative with Zenith Aircraft Co., an aircraft kit-building company in Missouri.

Pensinger built several airplanes over the past 15 years, and even went to China to work on a plane, Dubbert said.

Zenith does not sell a gyrocopter.

Pensinger, who had a page on Zenith’s flyer page, described himself as a retired electrical engineer.

His Facebook page said he graduated from Georgia Tech. He is from Johnstown, Pa. He is formerly from Afton, Tenn.

At one point he is listed as married on his Facebook page, but at another point, divorced, and last year it stated that he was in a new relationship.

He also describes himself as a watercolorist and was interested in drones.

His plane went down at 11:21 a.m. at 3335 N. County Road 44A.


http://www.dailycommercial.com



UMATILLA, Fla. - A pilot was killed Thursday when an experimental plane crashed in Lake County, deputies said.

The fatal crash was reported at 11:21 a.m. at 38335 N. County Road 44A in Umatilla.

Deputies said Friday that the pilot was James Pensinger, 73, of Apopka. No one else was on the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.clickorlando.com




UMATILLA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The pilot of a an experimental aircraft died following a crash on Thursday, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to 38335 North County Road 44A in Umatilla at approximately 11:21 a.m. after reports were received that an aircraft had crashed. 

One person on board the aircraft was located and that person was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"Witnesses describe hearing a loud pop, and I believe they actually reported seeing some of the parts flying off," explained Lt. John Herrell, with the Sheriff's Office.

"Ultimately, the aircraft came to rest near the wood line ... luckily, no one on the ground was injured."

Story and video ➤ http://www.fox35orlando.com

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —  One person is dead after an experimental gyroplane crashed in Lake County, deputies said.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said they received reports of the crash on North County Road 44 A in Umatilla just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Deputies said the pilot, who was the only one on the aircraft, died.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

The name of the pilot killed has not yet been released.


Story and video ➤ http://www.wesh.com

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) – One person is dead after an experimental gyroplane crashed in Lake County, deputies said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office said they received reports of the crash on North County Road 44 A in Umatilla just before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Deputies said the pilot, who was the only one on the aircraft, died.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

The name of the pilot killed has not yet been released.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://wfla.com

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