NTSB Identification: NYC84FNE02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26298.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 1984 in WILLIMANTIC, CT
Aircraft: BENSON B8M, registration: N196JB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 GYROCOPTER CRASHED AFTER THE PLT LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT IN A WINDY CONDITION, DURING TAKEOFF. A 20 DEGREE X-WIND VELOCITY OF 10 KTS GUSTING TO 35 KTS EXISTED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE PLT TOLD HIS WIFE (WHO WROTE THE REPORT ON THE 6120.1 NTSB REPORTING FORM) THAT HE THOUGHT IF THE ACFT HAD HAD MORE ALTITUDE AT THE TIME OF THE GUST, STABILITY OF THE GYROCOPTER COULD HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED (WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT).

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND


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