NTSB Identification: MIA89LA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38080.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 31, 1988 in CLEARWATER, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: AIR COMMAND 532E, registration: N70319
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.

THE STUDENT PILOT SAID HE DID NOT REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT THE ACCIDENT. WITNESSES STATED THAT AT ABOUT 50 FT AGL ON FINAL APPROACH THE GYROCOPTER RAPIDLY DESCENDED. IT REMAINED LEVEL AND HIT HARD, ROLLING OVER ON IMPACT. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE ENGINE WAS RUNNING UNTIL IMPACT. THE STUDENT WAS A FORMER MILITARY PILOT.

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

ROTORCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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