NTSB Identification: MIA82FA079
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 20, 1982 in MINNEOLA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/20/1983
Aircraft: BENSON B-8M, registration: N25PH
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.

WITNESSES HEARD AN ENGINE SPUTTER AND LOOKED UP TO SEE THE GYROCOPTER DESCENDING VERTICALLY INTO A NEARBY WOODED AREA WHILE THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS POINTED ALMOST STRAIGHT DOWN. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PILOT DID NOT POSSESS ANY AERONAUTICAL CERTIFICATES OR RATINGS AND THAT HE HAD ACQUIRED APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME IN GYROCOPTERS AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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

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

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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