Monday, February 12, 2018

Autogyro Cavalon, C-GYRC: Accident occurred February 12, 2018 at Victoria International Airport (CYYJ), North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada

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A pilot was taken to hospital after his Autogyro Cavalon crashed at the Victoria International Airport Monday afternoon. The crash resulted in two cancelled flights and delays.

A man was taken to hospital after an Autogyro Cavalon crashed shortly after taking off from Victoria International Airport Monday afternoon. The crash on the airport’s main runway caused some flights cancellation and delays.

The Autogyro Cavalon was 15 feet off the ground when it crashed at about 12:30 p.m., causing pieces of the aircraft to scatter across the runway, said Ken Gallant, the airport’s director of operations and safety.

“The pilot was departing when something happened to cause it to come back down to the ground,” he said.

The airport’s emergency response team, Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and North Saanich Fire responded. The pilot, the sole person on board, was taken to Victoria General Hospital with undetermined injuries.

The crash caused a small fuel spill which was contained with foam.

The pilot is from Greater Victoria and keeps the Autogyro Cavalon in a hangar at the airport, Gallant said.

Windows of the Autogyro Cavalon were shattered and its front wheel collapsed.

The crash closed the airport’s primary runway, which resulted in two cancelled flights and several delays.

The Autogyro Cavalon was moved into a hangar at 2:30 p.m., which allowed the airport to resume normal operations.

The Transportation Safety Board was notified and the airport has passed all relevant information to the board for an investigation, Gallant said.

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




The lone occupant of a Autogyro Cavalon was taken to hospital after a hard landing this afternoon at Victoria International Airport.

The Director Operations & Safety for the ‎Victoria Airport Authority, Ken Gallant says the incident happened at 12:30 this afternoon and forced the closure of two runways.

Gallant says a pair of commercial flights were cancelled as a result of the crash and several other flights were delayed.

The Autogyro Cavalon was cleared and regular service restored by about 2:30 Monday afternoon.

No word at this point on what caused the hard landing or the condition of  the pilot.

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