Accident Aviation Artur Trendak Taurus N553AT,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 309151
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Date:Saturday 11 March 2023
Time:12:30 LT
Type:Aviation Artur Trendak Taurus
Registration: N553AT
MSN: T&S F26917S
Year of manufacture:2017
Total airframe hrs:140 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912 UL 2-01
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Strawberry, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Provo Airport, UT (PVU/KPVU)
Destination airport:Strawberry Reservoir, UT
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, while flying low over a snow-covered frozen lake, the gyrocopter was closer to the surface than he realized. The pilot increased engine power to attempt to climb away from the surface, however, the nosewheel impacted snow on the surface and the gyrocopter nosed over, rolled, and came to rest on its side. The fuselage, horizontal stabilizer, and rudders were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the gyrocopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the snow-covered lake while flying at a low altitude.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR23LA126
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report



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