Monday, October 2, 2017

MTO Sport Autogyro, N818PB: Accident occurred October 02, 2017 in McCoy, Atascosa County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N818PB

Location: McCoy, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA002
Date & Time: 10/02/2017, 1515 CDT
Registration: N818PB
Aircraft:  CHARLES A BRAZIL MTO SPORT
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 2, 2017, about 1515 central daylight time, an MTO Sport gyroplane, N818PB, impacted a power line and terrain near McCoy, Texas. The student rated pilot received serious injuries and the gyrocopter was substantially damaged during the accident. The gyrocopter was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot reported to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that he planned to land near his residence. The pilot reported that he made a normal approach near the power lines; however, a gust of wind pushed the gyrocopter downward and the left landing gear caught the power line. The pilot lost control of the gyrocopter and it impacted a roadway and came to rest on its right side. The main rotor had separated from the mast and substantial damaged was noted to the fuselage. The Hobbs meter read 47.92 hours.

A review of FAA records revealed that the pilot purchased the kit in January 2017, and the gyrocopter received its airworthiness certificate on September 4, 2017.

The pilot did not return a completed Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident form (NTSB 6120.1). 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 65
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 47 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CHARLES A BRAZIL
Registration: N818PB
Model/Series: MTO SPORT NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: M01394
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 47.92 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:  On file
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPEZ
Observation Time: 1515 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 330°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 17°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 130°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Destination: McCoy, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  28.861389, -98.350278 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA002
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 02, 2017 in McCoy, TX
Aircraft: CHARLES A BRAZIL MTO SPORT, registration: N818PB
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 October 2, 2017, about 1515 central daylight time, an MTO Sport gyroplane, N818PB, impacted a power line and terrain near McCoy, Texas. The student rated pilot received serious injuries and the gyrocopter was substantially damaged during the accident. The gyrocopter was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

The initial report from the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector indicated that the pilot was landing near his residence, when the left landing gear caught a power line. The gyrocopter then impacted a roadway; coming to rest on its right side. 

The airplane was retained for further examination.






ATASCOSA COUNTY — Atascosa County deputies say a man has been injured and airlifted to the hospital after crashing his AutoGyro MTO Sport.

The crash happened at about 3:00 p.m. near Farm-to-Market 541 and County Road 417 near McCoy.

Deputies said the pilot hit some power lines and instantly went down. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.

Atascosa County deputies and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the scene. The man's identity has not been released.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to take over the investigation soon. 

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