Aviation safety investigations & reports

Gyrocopter, Not Reg, Redwood 20 km NE of Traralgon VIC, 10 July 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot completed some dual flying earlier in the morning in another pilot's gyrocopter. About 10 hours dual flying had been completed with this other pilot over recent weeks. He then decided to make a solo flight in his own single place gyrocopter. The intention was to fly eight to ten circuits and low passes along the airstrip to get the feel of the aircraft. The first circuit appeared to proceed smoothly at an altitude of about 250 feet above the ground until the turn onto final approach. When that turn was started the aircraft assumed a reasonably steep nose down attitude. Engine noise remained constant until the aircraft hit the ground tracking about 15 degrees to the left of the landing direction. A detailed wreckage inspection did not reveal any pre-existing defect that may have contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 10 July 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1110    
Location   (show map): Redwood 20 km NE of Traralgon    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 15 February 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Eurocopter  
Aircraft registration Not registered  
Type of operation Private  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point "Redwood" VIC  
Departure time 1107  
Destination "Redwood" VIC  
Last update 16 November 2015