Friday, June 01, 2018

AutoGyro MTOsport, N574BR, registered to Rhoadsrunner Gyroplanes LLC and operated by Blue Sky Gryos: Accident occurred May 21, 2018 at San Manuel Airport (E77), Mammoth, Pinal County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: San Manuel, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA158
Date & Time: 05/21/2018, 0845 MST
Registration: N574BR
Aircraft: Rhoads Autogyro MTO Sport
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On May 21, 2018, about 0845 mountain standard time, a Rhoads Autogyro MTO Sport, N574BR, experienced severe vibrations and a total loss of engine power during the initial climb from the San Manuel Airport (E77), San Manuel, Arizona. The certified flight instructor and student pilot were not injured; the gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system. The gyroplane was registered to Rhoadsrunner Gyroplanes LLC and operated by Blue Sky Gryos as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 local familiarization flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed.

The flight instructor reported that after an uneventful takeoff, the gyroplane was about 400 ft above the ground when she heard a loud bang followed by severe vibrations and a total loss of engine power. With no suitable landing space ahead, she executed a 180o right turn back towards the runway and landed the gyroplane uneventfully. During the landing roll, she observed that the gyroplane was on fire which was extinguished after the gyroplane came to a stop. Further examination of the gyroplane revealed that one of the propeller blades and part of the propeller hub was missing.

The gyroplane was moved to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Rhoads
Registration: N574BR
Model/Series: Autogyro MTO Sport
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Blue Sky Gyros
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DMA, 2704 ft msl
Observation Time: 0858 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 30 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: San Manuel, AZ (E77)
Destination:  San Manuel, AZ (E77)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: Both
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.635278, -110.641667 (est)

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