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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

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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