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AutoGyro Cavalon, N1688B: Accident occurred March 23, 2022 at San Gabriel Valley Airport (KEMT), Los Angeles County, California

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; Los Angeles, California

Location: El Monte, California 
Accident Number: WPR22LA134
Date and Time: March 23, 2022, 11:45 Local
Registration: N1688B
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CHRIS CHEN 
Registration: N1688B
Model/Series: CAVALON 
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 43.47,-113 

A gyroplane rolled to its side near the runway at San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte on Wednesday.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, they found the AutoGyro Cavalon on its side, with no smoke or fire showing, the Los Angeles County Department told KTLA.

No injuries have been reported.

Information on how many people were inside the gyroplane was not immediately available.

The runway was temporarily shut down.

Sky5 was above the scene as authorities were assessing the situation.

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