Saturday, October 10, 2020

American Autogyro SparrowHawk II, N40380: Accident occurred October 07, 2020 in North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina 

Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC
Accident Number: ERA21LA031
Date & Time: October 7, 2020, 19:02 Local 
Registration: N40380
Aircraft: Sparrowhawk II 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sparrowhawk 
Registration: N40380
Model/Series: II NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: CRE,33 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Greenville, SC (SC33)
Destination: North Myrtle Beach, SC

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.846688,-78.576558 (est)

HORRY COUNTY, South Carolina – Horry County Fire Rescue crews responded by boat and by land to a downed helicopter on Waties Island near North Myrtle Beach.

HCFR spokesperson Tony Casey said crews were dispatched around 6 p.m. Wednesday to a gyroplane that crashed on the beach.

Casey added that there was one person onboard and was not hurt in the crash.

The gyroplane will be removed from the beach before an investigation into what caused it to crash down gets underway.

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