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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221104
Last updated: 7 June 2021
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Date:25-JAN-2019
Time:19:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic b8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bensen B8M
Owner/operator:Private
Registration:
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Dannevirke Airport -   New Zealand
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Dannevirke Airport
Destination airport:
Narrative:
During the take-off roll, the pilot noticed that the engine was not producing full power. They continued with the take-off as they thought that it may have been a fouled spark plug causing the reduced RPM which would eventually clear. The gyrocopter climbed to approximately 50 feet along the runway but the engine continued to lose power. The pilot attempted to turn back to the runway but underestimated the effect of the prevailing wind when he turned downwind. After a further turn to avoid a fence, the gyrocopter landed heavily and rolled on its side. During the ground impact, the fuel tank ruptured spraying fuel on the pilot's legs. The fuel then ignited, resulting in severe burns to the pilot. First responders were immediately on hand to assist the pilot who was then taken to hospital.

Sources:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12196413
https://www.aviation.govt.nz/safety/safety-reporting/aircraft-accident-briefs/ShowDetails/19-445

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Jan-2019 09:15 gerard57 Added
25-Jan-2019 21:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
10-Apr-2021 12:45 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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