Wednesday, October 23, 2019

AutoGyro GmbH MTO Sport, N498AG: Accident occurred October 12, 2019 in Montgomery, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Montgomery, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA007
Date & Time: 10/12/2019, 1530 CDT
Registration: N498AG
Aircraft: AutoGyro GmbH MTO Sport
Injuries:1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 12, 2019, about 1530 central daylight time, an AutoGyro GmbH MTO Sport autogyro, N498AG, impacted trees during takeoff from a remote field near Montgomery, Texas. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The autogyro sustained substantial damage. The autogyro was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from a private ranch near Hempstead, Texas, about 1450.

The pilot reported that while inflight, his electronic tablet he was utilizing for navigation failed. The pilot decided to land to a field and troubleshoot the electronic tablet. After troubleshooting, the pilot departed from the field to the northwest. During the takeoff through an opening of trees, the pilot realized that there was not adequate obstacle clearance. He turned to the south and impacted trees. After impacting trees, the autogyro came to rest in a nose-down profile on the left side of the fuselage as shown below in figure 1. The pilot and passenger were able to egress from the wreckage without further incident.

Figure 1 – View of the wreckage (courtesy of the pilot).

The autogyro sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system, the fuselage, and the empennage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AutoGyro GmbH
Registration: N498AG
Model/Series: MTO Sport
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: KCXO, 245 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hempstead, TX
Destination: Hempstead, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 30.388611, -95.696667 (est)

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