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Sport Copter Vortex, N395SC: Accident occurred December 07, 2017 in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Spanish Fork, UT
Accident Number: GAA18CA073
Date & Time: 12/07/2017, 1810 MST
Registration: N395SC
Aircraft: BROCK STEINER Sport Copter Vortex
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot in the experimental amateur-built gyroplane, during a solo cross-country flight, he became lost and decided to follow a nearby highway. Unfamiliar with the area, he exhausted the gyroplane's fuel supply, and landed on a highway. The gyroplane's nose wheel struck a passing car, but the gyroplane was able to touch down, and stop on the right shoulder of the highway. A passing semi-truck struck the rotor blades of the gyroplane.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the rotor system.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Sport Pilot
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/10/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 218 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17 hours (Total, this make and model), 124 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BROCK STEINER
Registration: N395SC
Model/Series: Sport Copter Vortex
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 095
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/16/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  141 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 99 / 582 UL D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPVU, 4497 ft msl
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 323°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 20000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -9°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 30°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.62 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Manti, UT (41U)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Nephi, UT (U14)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1640 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  40.074444, -111.579722 (est)

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