NTSB Identification: MIA00LA133.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 13, 2000 in LAKELAND, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Air & Space. 18A, registration: N905AS
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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Witnesses stated the gyroplane jumped into the air about 30 to 50 feet, made a right turn down runway 32 climbing to about 150 to 200 feet, turned right down a cone line (crosswind), leveled the gyroplane and climbed another 100 feet. The gyroplane was observed to make a right turn, level briefly, and begin another right, which continued until the rotor blades were near vertical. The gyroplane slid sideways towards the ground in a high sink rate and collided with terrain. Examination of the airframe, flight controls, and engine assembly and accessories revealed no evidence of a precrash mechanical failure or malfunction. The reason for the in-flight loss of control was not determined.

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

The pilot's in-flight loss of control while maneuvering for undetermined reasons resulting in an uncontrolled descent and subsequent in-flight collision with terrain.

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