Monday, May 07, 2018

ELA 10 Eclipse, registered to Delta Ventures, N533EA: Accident occurred May 04, 2018 in Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Calhoun, GA
Accident Number: GAA18CA273
Date & Time: 05/04/2018, 2000 EDT
Registration: N533EA
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo student gyroplane pilot reported that, he "was flying behind the power curve," and the gyroplane lost altitude. He added that he couldn't tell if there were powerlines ahead and decided to do a "hard vertical decent landing." The terrain was uneven, and the gyroplane rolled on to its side during landing.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the rotor, fuselage, and empennage.

The student added that prior to his decision to land, he got distracted for a few seconds, and descended below a safe altitude.

The student reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failure or malfunctions with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
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:   (Estimated) 150 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35 hours (Total, this make and model), 150 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N533EA
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 05175331014
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/01/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1234 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 75 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 914
Registered Owner: Delta Ventures
Rated Power: 115 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDNN, 710 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 11°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 15000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Calhoun, GA (CZL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Calhoun, GA (CZL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1830 EDT
Type of Airspace:  Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  34.421667, -84.939167 (est)

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