Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Calidus AutoGyro, N623AG: Accident occurred July 07, 2018 at Tacoma Narrows Airport (KTIW), Pierce County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

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


Location: Tacoma, WA
Accident Number: WPR18LA190
Date & Time: 07/07/2018, 1300 PDT
Registration: N623AG
Aircraft: Autogyro CALIDUS
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 7, 2018, about 1300 Pacific daylight time an Auto Gyro, Calidus, gyrocopter, N623AG, sustained substantial damage subsequent to a forced landing at Tacoma Narrows airport (TIW), Tacoma, Washington. The sport pilot and his passenger were not injured. The gyrocopter was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight was originating at the time.

The pilot stated that during his first attempt for takeoff from runway 17, he experienced problems getting the pre-rotator to engage with the main rotor ring gear. He cancelled his takeoff clearance and taxied to a run up area where he successfully engaged the pre-rotator to the main rotor ring gear. He then requested and received clearance from the air traffic control tower to depart from runway 17. He stated that he achieved 200 RPM on the main rotor and began his take off roll. During the takeoff, at an unknown altitude, the gyrocopter began shaking violently, descended and hit the runway where it skidded approximately 100 ft, ran off of the runway and came to rest on its left-hand side.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Autogyro
Registration: N623AG
Model/Series: CALIDUS No Series
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Dayka James G
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tacoma, WA (KTIW)
Destination: Tacoma, WA (TIW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  47.272500, -122.576667 (est)

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