Sunday, October 18, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Tango2, N8445P; accident occurred October 05, 2019 at Dublin Municipal Airport (9F0), Laurens County, Georgia

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Dublin, TX 

Accident Number: GAA20CA005
Date & Time: 10/05/2019, 1000 CDT
Registration: N8445P
Aircraft: Pavel Vagner TANGO
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, during landing, the gyroplane was too high above the runway. He attempted to "cushion the landing" by forcing the nose up as he "gunned the engine a couple of times." The fluctuations in torque caused the gyroplane to turn right, and he corrected with hard, left rudder application. Because the gyroplane was configured with the front wheel mechanically linked to the rudder for directional control, the front wheel was turned completely left, which resulted in the gyroplane turning "violently" left upon touching down hard and then rolling onto its right side. The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the main rotor drive system and the empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation and that the accident was caused by pilot error. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare and failure to maintain lateral control, which resulted in a hard landing, loss of directional control, and subsequent roll-over. 


Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Lateral/bank control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Hard landing
Loss of control on ground
Roll over

Pilot Information

Certificate: Foreign; Sport Pilot
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/06/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 176 hours (Total, all aircraft), 25.55 hours (Total, this make and model), 28.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pavel Vagner
Registration: N8445P
Model/Series: TANGO 2
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 000009
Landing Gear Type:Tricycle 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/16/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 67 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Yamaha
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: Genesis/130
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 130 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: KSEP, 1321 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 40°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Granbury, TX (0TX1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dublin, TX (9F0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Dublin Muni (9F0)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1495 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3200 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: 32.068333, -98.325278 (est)

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