Monday, July 08, 2019

Aerostar International Inc RX 8, N6336H: Incident occurred July 05, 2019 in Bear Valley Springs, Kern County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

Balloon caught in trees on landing. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N6336H

Date: 05-JUL-19
Time: 15:20:00Z
Regis#: N6336H
Aircraft Make: AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL
Aircraft Model: RX8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS
State: CALIFORNIA

BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS, California  — We are getting information into the 23ABC newsroom about a possible crash of a hot air balloon in Bear Valley Springs at the Annual Firecracker Balloon Festival.

County fire was called out to reports of a balloon into a tree off Rolling Oak Drive. Initial reports indicated there were three people at the scene.

We talked to a representative with the festival who would only tell us that a balloon "landed" close to a tree. 

The flights are done for the day and she said they'll be back in the skies Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

Original article ➤ https://www.turnto23.com

Cessna 172-RG, N9649B: Incident occurred July 07, 2019 at Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF), Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Aircraft struck a runway light on landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N9649B

Date: 07-JUL-19
Time: 13:04:00Z
Regis#: N9649B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WASHINGTON
State: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Cessna 180J Skywagon, N52031: Accident occurred July 07, 2019 at Okeechobee County Airport (KOBE), Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N52031

Location: Okeechobee, FL
Accident Number: ERA19TA223
Date & Time: 07/07/2019, 1000 EDT
Registration: N52031
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Injuries:2 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 7, 2019, about 1000 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 180J, N52031, was substantially damaged while landing at Okeechobee County Airport (OBE), Okeechobee, Florida. The airline transport pilot and passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, about 0900.

The pilot reported that the airplane touched down on the runway 5 centerline and started to drift left. He corrected with right rudder input, but the airplane started to drift left again. He then applied right brake and rudder input, and the airplane changed direction 30°; however, the left wing and left horizontal stabilizer contacted the runway before the airplane came to a stop. The pilot added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane.

Review of damage photographs provided by the pilot revealed substantial damage to the left wing, left elevator, and left horizontal stabilizer.

The recorded wind at OBE, at 0955, was from 200° at 7 knots.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N52031
Model/Series: 180 J
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KOBE, 33 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Destination: Okeechobee, FL (OBE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.266667, -80.850278 (est)

ICON A5, N486BA: Incident occurred July 07, 2019 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft landed with gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N486BA

Date: 07-JUL-19
Time: 17:39:00Z
Regis#: N486BA
Aircraft Make: ICON AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: A5
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST AUGUSTINE
State: FLORIDA

Velocity, N87BR: Incident occurred July 07, 2019 at Melbourne International Airport (KMLB), Brevard County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft landed with the nose gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N87BR

Date: 07-JUL-19
Time: 12:40:00Z
Regis#: N87BR
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RG-EXL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MELBOURNE
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N164CA: Accident occurred July 06, 2019 at Decatur Airport (KDEC), Macon County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aircraft lost control on departure.


Aerosim Academy Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N164CA 

Date: 06-JUL-19
Time: 13:45:00Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: DECATUR
State: ILLINOIS

Hard Landing: North Wing Scout X-C, N419TN; accident occurred July 07, 2019 at Westfield Airport (I72), Hamilton County, Indiana

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N419TN

Location: Westfield, IN
Accident Number: GAA19CA392
Date & Time: 07/07/2019, 2055 CDT
Registration: N419TN
Aircraft: NORTH WING UUM INC SCOUT
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The student pilot in the experimental light-sport, weight shift-control aircraft reported that he experienced "unexpected high degree" aircraft banking and controllability issues during the initial climb, so he decided to land.

During the landing roll, the aircraft bounced. The aircraft touched down on the nose landing gear and it rolled on to the left wing, before sliding to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and the airframe.

The METAR from the airport nearest the accident site was 4 nautical miles to the west, and reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 340° at 4 knots. The student pilot used runway 36.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 22 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: NORTH WING UUM INC
Registration: N419TN
Model/Series: SCOUT X-C
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: E9005
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/20/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1060 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 912 UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: KTYQ, 922 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0155 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 256°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Westfield, IN (I72)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Westfield, IN (I72)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0847 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Westfield (I72)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 932 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 40.048889, -86.157778 (est)

Loss of Control in Flight: Cessna 152, N757YK; accident occurred July 06, 2019 at Cox Field Airport (KPRX), Lamar County, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N757YK


Location: Paris, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA389
Date & Time: 07/06/2019, 0930 CDT
Registration: N757YK
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

Analysis 

The solo student pilot reported that, while practicing a soft-field takeoff, he applied full power and pitched the airplane's nose "above the horizon." The airplane became airborne, the wind pushed the airplane to the left, and the airplane struck a hay bale on the left side of the runway. The student turned the airplane toward the runway and landed on the remaining runway without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage.

The chief flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about 34 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 240° at 4 knots. The same automated station reported that, about 26 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 240° at 9 knots. The student was departing from runway 17.

The chief flight instructor reported that the student's flight instructor told him not to practice soft-field takeoffs during a solo flight. The instructor stated that the student required more practice on the takeoff technique.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's failure to maintain the runway heading during takeoff with a crosswind, which resulted in impact with a hay bale left of the runway, and his improper decision to perform a soft-field takeoff without adequate practice.

Findings

Aircraft
Heading/course - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)
Training with equipment - Student pilot (Cause)
Decision making/judgment - Student pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Effect on operation
Object/animal/substance - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Other weather encounter
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 23, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/12/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 54 hours (Total, all aircraft), 54 hours (Total, this make and model), 11 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N757YK
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15280108
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/13/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 11372.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: Us Aviation Group Llc
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: Us Aviation Group Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPRX, 547 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1356 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 156°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Paris, TX (PRX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination:
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: COX FIELD (PRX)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 547 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6002 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 33.641389, -95.454444 (est)

Cessna T210N, N16AX: Incident occurred July 06, 2019 at Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Taylor County, Texas

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

Aircraft struck an airport light  -  veered off runway. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N16AX

Date: 06-JUL-19
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N16AX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ABILENE
State: TEXAS

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N4715W: Incident occurred July 05, 2019 at Heber City Municipal Airport (KHCR), Heber, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aircraft made a hard landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N4715W

Date: 05-JUL-19
Time: 22:23:00Z
Regis#: N4715W
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: P210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HEBER CITY
State: UTAH

Loss of Control on Ground: Pietenpol, N7169K; accident occurred July 06, 2019 at Anacortes Airport (74S), Skagit County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N7169K


Location: Anacortes, WA

Accident Number: GAA19CA396
Date & Time: 07/06/2019, 1700 PDT
Registration: N7169K
Aircraft: DONALD BERNARD HIGGS PIETENPOL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

The pilot in the experimental amateur-built, tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, this was the first test flight after the airplane had been reassembled following purchase and transport. The pilot performed two high-speed taxi runs, he back taxied and subsequently took off.

During the landing roll, "the left front landing gear attachment lugs broke off the mount fitting." The pilot lost directional control of the airplane and ground-looped to the right. The airplane entered a ditch and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing aft lift strut.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/13/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/27/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4775 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35 hours (Total, this make and model), 4775 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DONALD BERNARD HIGGS
Registration: N7169K
Model/Series: PIETENPOL
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1991 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/02/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1120 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 90.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Ford
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: Model B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 50 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: KNUW, 47 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 181°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3300 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Anacortes, WA (74S)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Anacortes, WA (74S)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1630 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Anacortes (74S)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 241 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 3015 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 48.498611, -122.662500 (est)

Loss of Control in Flight: Trendak Tercel, N640BE, accident occurred June 11, 2018 in Cokeville, Lincoln County, Wyoming

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N640BE

Location: Cokeville, WY
Accident Number: CEN18LA219
Date & Time: 06/11/2018, 0715 MDT
Registration: N640BE
Aircraft: ASTON KINSEY TERCEL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The sport pilot reported that, while performing maneuvers in the gyrocopter south of the private airstrip, he felt no response when he applied left cyclic, and the gyrocopter "was stuck in a moderate right turn." The pilot initiated an emergency descent back to the private airstrip. During the approach, the pilot was unable to regain control of the gyrocopter, and it impacted terrain while sliding to the right. The gyrocopter rolled over and came to rest on its right side. Postaccident examination of the gyrocopter revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 loss of gyrocopter control for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the gyrocopter revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Findings

Aircraft
Performance/control parameters - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Not determined
Not determined - Unknown/Not determined (Cause)

Factual Information 

On June 11, 2018, at 0715 mountain daylight time, an Aston Kinsey Tercel gyrocopter, N640BE, impacted terrain during landing at a private airstrip near Cokeville, Wyoming. The sport pilot and passenger were not injured, and the gyrocopter sustained substantial damage. The gyrocopter was registered and operated by a private individual as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight departed the private airstrip at 0700.

According to the pilot, while performing maneuvers south of the private airstrip, he felt no response when he applied left cyclic, and the gyrocopter "was stuck in a moderate right turn." The pilot initiated an emergency descent back to the private airstrip. During the approach, the pilot was unable to regain control of the gyrocopter, and it impacted terrain while sliding to the right. The gyrocopter rolled over to the right and came to rest on its right side.

Post accident examination of the gyrocopter by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors revealed the gyrocopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades, fuselage structure, vertical stabilizers, and horizontal stabilizer. A cyclic push/pull tube was fractured consistent with damage sustained during the impact; no additional anomalies were noted with the flight control systems. The examination revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. 

History of Flight

Maneuvering
Miscellaneous/other

Landing
Off-field or emergency landing
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/17/2018
Flight Time: 95 hours (Total, all aircraft), 90 hours (Total, this make and model), 77 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 70 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ASTON KINSEY
Registration: N640BE
Model/Series: TERCEL NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: T&SG20815S
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/14/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1322 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 79 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 130 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 912UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 125 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: AFO, 6220 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0715 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 360°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction:  
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cokeville, WY
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cokeville, WY
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0700 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.082778, -110.955278 (est)