NTSB Identification: SEA88LA064.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35507.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 19, 1988 in ELKO, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1989
Aircraft: MARLOW HILYARD EXECUTIVE, registration: N5045J
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.

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

THE PILOT MADE A LANDING ON SLOPING TERRAIN. THE GYROCOPTER ROLLED TO THE LEFT WITH THE MAIN ROTOR STRIKING SAGE BRUSH. THE ENGINE WAS TWISTED FROM ITS MOUNTS RUPTURING A FUEL LINE. A FIRE RESULTED CONSUMING THE GYROCOPTER. THE PILOT DID NOT HOLD A PILOT OR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE BUT REPORTED 155 HOURS EXPERIENCE IN THE AIRCRAFT.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL

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