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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41244
Last updated: 23 April 2019
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Date:24-JAN-1997
Time:17:39
Type:Silhouette image of generic b8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bensen B8M
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N3495
C/n / msn: 02
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Williston, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(X60)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
After the gyroplane took off, witnesses heard it maneuvering in the vicinity of the airport. Subsequently, the gyroplane descended, impacted the runway, and came to rest on its side. Examination of the flight controls revealed no evidence of a preimpact failure or malfunction. The witnesses said they heard an increase and decrease in engine power, twice before hearing the engine backfire, shortly before impact with the runway. Examination of the main rotor revealed compression buckling on the bottom side of each blade. CAUSE: failure of the pilot to maintain rotor rpm, while maneuvering, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent and collision with terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X07339


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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