Friday, October 27, 2017

ELA Aviacion 10 Eclipse, N230MG: Accident occurred October 26, 2017 at Tri-Cities Airport (KTRI), Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA026
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Bristol, TN
Aircraft: JOHN A BREWER ELA AVIACION 10 ECLI, registration: N230MG

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft on landing flipped over.

Date: 26-OCT-17
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N230MG
Aircraft Model: 10 ECLI
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Public safety officers are investigating after an aircraft crashed Thursday at Tri-Cities Airport.

Sullivan County Emergency Management Director Jim Beam said a small two-seat aircraft was hovering close to the ground when it hit the tarmac and rolled over about 12:30 p.m.

The crashed vehicle appeared to be a gyrocopter, an aircraft that uses propellers to get airborne — similar to a helicopter, but smaller and less powerful.

The aircraft’s pilot, the only person on board, was walking around soon after the crash, Beam said. No one was injured on the ground.

Airport spokeswoman Kristi Haulsee said the incident resulted in the temporary closure of the main runway. A Delta flight from Atlanta was diverted as the runway was closed, but the flight was able to land later Thursday afternoon, she added. The runway was closed for more than an hour.

Haulsee said the airport’s public safety office is investigating the incident. The office will write an incident report and send it to the Flight Standards District Office in Nashville, which is part of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA may decide to follow up with its own investigation, she added.

The gyrocopter, which received some damage, was cleared from the runway and could be seen Thursday afternoon in an airport hangar.

The airport resumed normal operations by 2 p.m.

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