Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Loss of Control in Flight: Tango 2, N857UV; accident occurred April 30, 2019 in Cobden, Union County, Illinois

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Saint Ann, Missouri 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cobden, IL
Accident Number: GAA19CA232
Date & Time: 04/30/2019, 1645 CDT
Registration: N857UV
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot was working toward his gyroplane rating and had received a solo endorsement. He reported that, during approach, he turned from base to final and that the airspeed then decreased. He added that the gyroplane "abruptly settled" and then landed hard on the dirt surface. The rotor blades struck the ground, and the gyroplane came to rest upright.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the horizontal stabilizer and the rotor blades.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain the proper airspeed during the approach, which resulted in a hard landing.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Airspeed - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Miscellaneous/other
Landing Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Landing Hard landing
Landing Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/15/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/20/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PAVEL VAGNER
Registration: N857UV
Model/Series: TANGO2
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2019
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 000017
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/02/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 42.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Yamaha
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 1049cc
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 130 hp
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: KCGI, 352 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 141°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 22 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cobden, IL
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cobden, IL
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1640 CDT
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: 37.537222, -89.891944 (est)

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