NTSB Identification: DFW06CA196.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 06, 2006 in Denton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/2006
Aircraft: Pearson Superfly, registration: N975JP
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The 500-hour private pilot, who reported having accumulated a total of 300-hours in make and model, was landing the single-seat homebuilt gyrocraft at the edge of a dried-up lakebed. The pilot stated that he made a power-on landing to keep the weight off the landing gear. Upon touchdown, the gear broke through the thin crust and was "mired in 15 inches deep mud." The tricycle gear equipped gyrocopter tipped to the right and yawed to the left as the main rotor impacted the ground and the rotor mast was sheared at the engine mount. The Rotax powered gyrocraft came to rest on its right side and the pilot was able to egress the aircraft unassisted. The pilot reported that there were no problems with the gyro's flight controls or engine prior to the mishap. The pilot reported that the winds were calm at the time of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of control as result of the pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing area. A contributing factor was the muddy terrain. Full narrative available
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