Monday, December 09, 2019

RAF 2000, N47EB: Accident occurred December 07, 2019 at Millard Airport (KMLE), Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Omaha, NE
Accident Number: CEN20TA030
Date & Time: 12/07/2019, 1355 CDT
Registration: N47EB
Aircraft: Rotary RAF 2000
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 7, 2019, about 1355 central daylight time, a Rotary RAF 2000 rotorcraft-gyrocopter, N47EB, impacted terrain while landing at the Millard Airport, Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot received serious injuries, and the gyrocopter sustained substantial damage. The gyrocopter was operated by and registered to a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and the local flight departed Millard Airport at an unknown time.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector found the gyrocopter had impacted terrain near the runway and came to rest on its side.

The gyrocopter was retain for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rotary
Registration: N47EB
Model/Series: RAF 2000 GTX
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: KMLE
Observation Time: 1955 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:  
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 17 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Omaha, NE (MLE)
Destination: Omaha, NE (MLE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 41.194722, -96.112500

OMAHA, Nebraska (WOWT) -- Millard Airport has reopened in the aftermath of a experimental gyrocopter crash Saturday afternoon. The pilot escaped with minor injuries.

The initial report came out at approximately 1:55 p.m.

Authorities on the scene described the gyrocopter as an RAF 200 Rotorcraft.

Authorities said the pilot had been flying for "some time" prior to the crash during an attempt to land.

Officials said the pilot suffered minor injuries and walked to the ambulance. The airport was shut down until an FAA investigator could arrive from Lincoln and reopened about three-and-a-half hours after the accident.

What caused the crash was not immediately known.

The circumstances of the incident remain under review by the FAA and NTSB.

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OMAHA, Nebraska — One person was injured in a a crash of a experimental RAF 2000 gyrocopter Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. at the Millard Airport.

Omaha police said that the gyrocopter was attempting to land at the airport when it crashed.

Only one person, the pilot, was on board during the crash.

The gyrocopter was an RAF Rotorcraft, which is a two-seat helicopter usually built from a kit.

According to police, the pilot was transported by the Omaha Fire Department to CHI Bergan Mercy following the crash.

Police said the pilot suffered minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation into how the accident actually happened.

No word has been given yet on why the helicopter crashed.

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OMAHA, Nebraska (KMTV) — The Millard Airport was shut down for a few hours Saturday, as a result of a gyrocopter crash just before 2:00 PM.

Witnesses at the scene say the pilot was able to walk to the ambulance after crashing just off the runway. No other people were inside the gyrocopter, and no other injuries were reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, no word yet on what caused the accident.

The airport has since reopened.

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OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Officials say one person was injured Saturday in a small aircraft crash at the Millard Airport in Omaha.

Reports say the crash happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday as the gyrocopter was trying to land.

Police say the pilot was the only person on board at the time of the crash. The pilot was taken by ambulance to an Omaha hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation into what caused the crash.

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