Saturday, July 30, 2022

TangoGyro Tango2, N8680G: Fatal accident occurred July 30, 2022 in Melrose, Clay County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Experimental gyroplane crashed under unknown circumstances at the intersection of two roads. 

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Date: 30-JUL-22
Time: 14:10:00Z
Regis#: N8680G
Aircraft Make: TANGOGYRO
Aircraft Model: TANGO 2
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew: 1
Pax: 1
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No

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MELROSE, Florida — Two people were killed after the pilot of a experimental gyroplane made an emergency landing near Gainesville, causing the aircraft to burst into flames.

The TangoGyro Tango2 crashed into a private field on Saturday during a test flight.

Area residents were shocked to learn about the tragic fiery crash.

Laurie Peltra said her granddaughter saw it go down.

“Yeah, she came up to me, and said, ‘A gyroplane just fell out of the sky,” she said.

Devastating video showed the plane on fire.

Shaken by the sight, Peltra said, she called police immediately.

“It was surreal, because you don’t expect something to fall out of the sky in the pasture next to your house,” she said.

Authorities hailed the victims as heroes. They said the pilot made a last-effort maneuver to avoid crashing into homes.

“In probably a last heroic moment, the person that was operating the gyroplane crashed in between, almost, two buildings — a small barn-type building and a house,” said Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook. “He was probably within 100 feet of either.”

Peltra said she had never seen this plane before, but there are frequent flyers in the area.

Now, she said, she is just praying for everyone involved.

“From the minute we saw it happen, we’ve been praying for peace and everything for the family, and we are so sorry that this happened to them,” she said.

The crash remains under investigation. As of Sunday evening, authorities have not identified the victims.

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