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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205402
Last updated: 17 February 2019
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Type:SportCopter 2
Registration: N767LW
C/n / msn: SC009
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), Van Nuys, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Destination airport:Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot of the experimental amateur-built gyroplane, during the takeoff roll on runway 34 in gusting wind conditions, the pilot did not allow the rotor rpm to adequately increase. He advanced the throttle and the nose pitched up. The gyroplane exited the left side of the runway and the rotor blades struck the propeller.
The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer.
The METAR at the airport reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 350° at 17kts gusting to 22kts.
The pilot reported that this accident could have been prevented if he had confirmed the proper rotor rpm.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s decision to takeoff in gusting wind conditions with insufficient rotor rpm.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

31-Jan-2018 03:44 Geno Added
08-Jul-2018 13:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
08-Jul-2018 13:50 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative, Photo, ]

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