NTSB Identification: SEA00LA169.
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Accident occurred Monday, August 21, 2000 in LEAHY, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/18/2001
Aircraft: CLEARWATERS RAF 2000, registration: N61376
Injuries: 2 Serious.
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The homebuilt gyroplane pilot reported that while in cruise, approximately 500-1,000 feet above ground, he lost directional control of the aircraft. He reported that his only method of control was to cross-control with full left cyclic which brought the gyroplane to a flat attitude in a spiral turn to the right. Unable to stop the spiral, he reduced throttle and initiated a spiraling descent to ground impact. A post-crash fire destroyed the gyroplane. Examination of the wreckage revealed no apparent discontinuity in the gyroplane's rudder controls. A horizontal stabilizer had been added to the aircraft which, according to the owner/builder, benefited the in flight stability of the gyroplane.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A loss of control for undetermined reasons. Full narrative available
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