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Magni M-24 Plus, N327JD: Accident occurred January 15, 2020 at Boire Field Airport (KASH), Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

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; Portland, Maine

Location: Nashua, NH
Accident Number: ERA20LA076
Date & Time: January 15, 2020, 14:50 Local 
Registration: N327JD
Aircraft: MAGNI M-24 PLUS 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 15, 2020, about 1450 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Magni M-24 Plus gyroplane, N327JD, was substantially damaged during takeoff from Boire Field Airport (ASH), Nashua, New Hampshire. The sport pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to a witness, the gyroplane was using more runway than typical to become airborne before it began to drift toward the left edge of runway 32. About 3,000 ft down the runway, the left main gear departed the runway. The witness stated that he saw nothing to indicate that the pilot was attempting to slow down or correct the left deviation from centerline. He stated that the gyroplane was completely on the grass about 750 ft prior to taxiway Charlie. The gyroplane "popped up and bounced over taxiway Charlie, landed once on the other side, bounced, porpoised and nosed-in on the second impact."

According to the pilot, he had no recollection of the flight after he received takeoff clearance and he believed that he experienced a medical event during the takeoff. The pilot further stated that he had built the gyroplane in Italy and had flown it fewer than 7 hours, and that everything was working properly prior to the initiation of the flight.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot held a sport pilot certificate with an endorsement for gyroplane, and a repairman experimental aircraft builder certificate. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued August 1, 2016, and his most recent FAA BasicMed was issued on November 18, 2018.

The gyroplane came to rest inverted about 340 ft to the left of the runway edge, about 3,400 ft down the 6,000 ft-long runway. The front of the gyroplane was impact crushed aft and the fuselage was fractured in multiple areas.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MAGNI 
Registration: N327JD
Model/Series: M-24 PLUS 
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ASH,200 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Nashua, NH (ASH)
Destination: Nashua, NH (ASH )

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 42.782775,-71.516944 (est)

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