Sunday, November 28, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Tango II, N910V; accident occurred July 28, 2021 at Childress Municipal Airport (KCDS), Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Childress, Texas
Accident Number: CEN21LA342
Date and Time: July 28, 2021, 11:30 Local
Registration: N910V
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The student pilot flew three normal traffic patterns in the gyroplane. During the fourth landing the gyroplane “began to tip to the left” and the student pilot was unable to regain control. The gyroplane subsequently impacted the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the stabilizer, rudder, and main rotor. The student pilot reported that there were no pre-accident 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 student pilot’s failure to maintain control while landing the gyroplane.


Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Aircraft Lateral/bank control - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student 
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Sport pilot None 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 45 hours (Total, all aircraft), 8 hours (Total, this make and model), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N910V
Model/Series: TANGO II
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 000006
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 12, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 9 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 107 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Yamaha
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series: Vector Snowmobile
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 120 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCDS, 1951 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 10:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 149°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 10000 ft AGL 
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 170° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Childress, TX (CDS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Childress, TX 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1953 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18/36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5949 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: Aircraft
Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.433778,-100.288 (est)

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