Saturday, May 04, 2019

Silverlight Aviation AR-1 American Ranger 1, N925AG: Incident occurred May 04, 2019 in New Caney, Montgomery County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Struck tree while turning to avoid mobile home park during emergency landing.

Southwest Gyroplanes LLC

Date: 04-MAY-19
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N925AG
Aircraft Model: AR 1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Operation: 91
 State: TEXAS

A pilot from Anahuac survived the second gyrocopter crash of his life Saturday afternoon, this time in New Caney.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office reported the gyrocopter crash just after 2 p.m in a parking lot near FM 494 and Antique Lane.

"The pilot is okay," MCSO stated.

The pilot, Danny Whitten, said in an interview with the Montgomery County Police Reporter, that he was on a return trip to Anahuac after flying to Cleveland. At about 1,500 feet, he said the engine began to malfunction, which forced him to make an emergency landing in front of Embrace Fellowship Church.

"I shot for the asphalt and I missed it," Whitten said in the interview. "I pulled back on the stick to slow it down some and it dropped like a rock and crashed into the tree. But, I'm OK."

The pilot said this is the second rotorcraft crash he has survived. The first crash was about 40 years ago when he was in a similar rotorcraft that he said also had an engine malfunction.

Original article can be found here ➤


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas — A gyrocopter has crashed in a Montgomery County church parking lot, deputies tell KHOU 11.

The scene is near FM 494 and Antique Lane. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said the pilot was the only person on the gyrocopter. The pilot was injured but is expected to be okay, deputies said. 

The East Montgomery County Fire Department said the helicopter was reportedly at 1500 feet when it experienced a in-flight emergency. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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