Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trendak Tercel, N640BE: Accident occurred June 11, 2018 in Cokeville, Lincoln County, Wyoming

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Cokeville, WY
Accident Number: CEN18LA219
Date & Time: 06/11/2018, 0715 MDT
Registration: N640BE
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 11, 2018, at 0715 mountain daylight time, a Aston Kinsey Tercel gyrocopter, N640BE, impacted terrain during landing at a private airstrip near Cokeville, Wyoming. The sport pilot and passenger were not injured, and the gyrocopter sustained substantial damage. The gyrocopter was registered and operated by a private individual as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight departed the private airstrip at 0700.

According to the pilot, while performing maneuvers south of the private airstrip, he felt no response when he applied left cyclic, and the gyrocopter "was stuck in a moderate right turn." The pilot initiated an emergency descent back to the private airstrip. During the approach, the pilot was unable to regain control of the gyrocopter, and it impacted terrain while sliding to the right. The gyrocopter rolled over to the right and came to rest on its right side.

The gyrocopter was recovered to the pilot's residence for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ASTON KINSEY
Registration: N640BE
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AFO, 6220 ft msl
Observation Time: 0715 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cokeville, WY (PVT)
Destination: Cokeville, WY (PVT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.082778, -110.955278 (est) 

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