NTSB Identification: MIA84FA104.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24352.
Accident occurred Monday, March 12, 1984 in SANFORD, FL
Aircraft: GROSS BENSON B-8M, registration: N3154A
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE STUDENT PLT & THE PLTS OF 2 OTHER BENSON GYROCOPTERS TOOK OFF FROM A PRIVATE STRIP & PROCEEDED TO FLY IN A LOOSE FORMATION. THE PLTS OF THE OTHER 2 GYROCOPTERS DID NOT WITNESS THE ACCIDENT, BUT NOTICED THAT 1 OF THE 3 WAS MISSING. WITNESSES ON THE GROUND STATED THAT THEY NOTICED THE GYROCOPTER OSCILLATED UP & DOWN AND FORE & AFT PRIOR TO IT IMPACTING WITH TREE TOPS. THE STUDENT PLT WAS NOT INDORSED FOR FLT IN ANY ACFT. HIS WIFE STATED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED INSTRUCTION BY USING A TRAINING DEVICE THAT WAS TOWED BEHIND A VEHICLE. NO SIGNS OR EVIDENCE OF PREEXISTING STRUCTURAL FAILURE WERE NOTED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
INADEQUATE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND
JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
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