NTSB Identification: FTW96LA391.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 18, 1996 in MAGNOLIA, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/1997
Aircraft: TUBB AIR COMMANDER 532, registration: N7136C
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the student pilot, the gyroplane's engine began to lose coolant. While attempting to return to his departure point, the engine lost power. The pilot made a forced landing to a heavily wooded area, and the gyroplane came to rest on its right side. FAA records revealed that the student pilot, who built the gyroplane, was issued a registration certificate for the aircraft on 5/24/90. His last medical certificate was issued on 7/12/90, at which time he was issued a student pilot certificate.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The loss of engine power due to the loss of coolant, as a result of a leak in the radiator. A factor was the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing.

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