Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control Gyrocopter, 16 km N of Babinda QLD, 12 August 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had owned the gyrocopter for some time, but had flown it infrequently due to engine tuning problems. On previous flights, the pilot had flown from a larger strip near Innisfail. Since then, he had enhanced the engine instrument cluster to better monitor the performance of the turbocharged engine. The pilot's intention was to test the new instrument installation at the smaller Deeral strip before proceeding to the larger strip for further flying practice. He had planned to make six runs along the 500 metre long strip without becoming airborne, with a 15 knot crosswind. On the fifth run,the witness noticed that full power was applied for much longer than on the previous runs. The aircraft accelerated to flying speed and became airborne. At a height of about six feet above the strip, the pilot appeared to experience some difficulty with the cross-wind. The gyrocopter banked and yawed to the right, it then dived into the ground, and cartwheeled forward before coming to rest in a drain.

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General details
Date: 12 August 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1100    
Location: Deeral (16 km N of Babinda)    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 28 February 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer JRM Helyplanes  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Deeral QLD  
Departure time 1100  
Destination Deeral QLD  
Last update 21 March 2016