Aviation safety investigations & reports

Air Command Gyrocopter, Toorbul QLD, 11 March 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Some months prior to the accident the pilot had begun learning to fly ultralight aircraft. Around this time he also began to have spells where he was able to see and hear people but could not move or talk to them. His instructor recommended that he stop flying and complete medical tests. The pilot later purchased and assembled a gyrocopter. Over a two month period he learned to fly the craft. On the morning of the accident he asked a more experienced gyrocopter pilot to fly his machine and check its characteristics. The other pilot found that it was quite satisfactory. Those who had observed the pilot flying previously considered that he had no problems in controlling the aircraft. The gyrocopter was observed on final approach but it then disappeared for a short time, having flown an orbit to the left. After adopting a final approach for the second time the gyro flew towards the strip at about 50 knots. A witness observed the craft roll to the left from a height of about 30 feet. The gyrocopter impacted the ground in a left bank of about 130 degrees. No evidence of pre-impact failure of the aircraft was found.

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General details
Date: 11 March 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1100    
Location: Toorbul    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 13 December 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Unknown  
Aircraft model Air Command Gyrocopter  
Serial number QG899  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Toorbul QLD  
Departure time 1055  
Destination Toorbul QLD