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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229001
Last updated: 17 June 2020
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Date:25-OCT-2018
Time:15:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic CDUS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
AutoGyro Calidus
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: F-JSQG
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:La Croix de Cur (LSYQ) -   Switzerland
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Croix de Cur (LSYQ)
Destination airport:La Cte Airfield (LSGP)
Investigating agency: STSB Switzerland
Narrative:
The pilot accompanied by a passenger landed on the Croix de Coeur square aboard the gyrocopter which was equipped with a GoPro camera fixed outside the cab.
During take-off, the engine stalled during the rotor launch manoeuvre. The pilot restarted the engine and made a second attempt to launch the failed rotor. The third attempt to launch the rotor was considered satisfactory by the pilot who took off filmed by a witness.
In the downhill part of the grass runway, the rear structure supporting the tailplane touched the ground and generated vibrations that caused the camera to detach, which struck and broke a blade of the engine propeller.
As a result, strong vibrations occurred and the engine stopped. Reaching the end of the runway, the pilot made an autorotative landing in a field about 50 m below. The nose wheel gave way and the gyrocopter rolled over on its left side.
The video recorded by the witness showed that the take-off took place with a tailwind component.

Sources:

STSB

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: STSB Switzerland
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Sep-2019 13:25 harro Added
13-Sep-2019 13:26 harro Updated [Narrative]

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