Friday, August 16, 2019

AutoGyro Cavalon, N477AG: Fatal accident occurred May 28, 2020 in Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon -and- Accident occurred August 14, 2019 at Sanderson Field Airport (KSHN), Shelton, Mason County, Washington -and- Incident occurred October 23, 2016 at South Texas Regional Airport (KHDO), Hondo, Medina County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

May 28, 2020: Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field and post crash fire.

Date: 28-MAY-20

Time: 22:44:00Z
Regis#: N477AG
Aircraft Make: AUTOGYRO
Aircraft Model: CAVALON
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

ROSEBURG, Oregon -- Deputies are investigating a fatal aircraft accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon.

Around 2:13 p.m., 911 dispatchers received reports of a small aircraft which crashed near the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road.

Deputies along with the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District #2 responded and located a downed, burning helicopter on private property.

It was determined that at least one individual died in the crash, the sheriff's office said.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and are working with the Sheriff's Office.

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

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Shelton, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA221
Date & Time: 08/14/2019, 1800 PDT
Registration: N477AG
Aircraft: AutoGyro Cavalon
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 14, 2019, about 1800 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Auto-Gyro Cavalon, N477AG, impacted the runway shortly after takeoff from Sanderson Field Airport (SHN), Shelton, Washington. The sports pilot received minor injuries. The gyrocopter received substantial damage to the empennage and fuselage. The gyrocopter was registered to the pilot who was operating it as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed around the airport about the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from SHN at about 1700.

According to the pilot, he was conducting takeoff and landings from runway 23. He reported that he had previously been lifting off the runway at about 56 miles per hour and on the fourth takeoff roll he noticed the airspeed had reached 60 knots. He then applied slight aft control stick. The gyrocopter rapidly pitched up, nose high into the air and began to yaw to the right. He said that he heard a loud bang and the gyrocopter quickly struck the runway. He recalled the engine had stopped running when the gyrocopter came to a stop.

Examination of the accident site revealed the gyrocopter struck the runway slightly left of centerline, rolled onto its left side and slide about 170 ft to the left edge of the runway. All major components remained affixed to the gyrocopter. Small fragments of fiberglass and acrylic were scattered along the runway from the initial contact point to the final resting spot.

The gyrocopter was recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AutoGyro
Registration: N477AG
Model/Series: Cavalon
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane 
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Departure Point: Shelton, WA (SHN)
Destination: Shelton, WA (SHN) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 47.232778, -123.150833 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

October 23, 2016:  Experimental Cavalon AutoGyro, on landing rolled over. 

Date: 23-OCT-16

Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N477AG
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Texas

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