NTSB Identification: CHI06LA258.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 09, 2006 in Newton, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/2007
Aircraft: Garner Garner Falcon, registration: N6194Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 experimental amateur-built gyrocopter was destroyed on impact with terrain near a private airstrip. A ground fire occurred. A witness stated, "I was out checking our freshly cut hay. I heard [the pilot's] gyrocopter's engine at a normal idle speed. I often heard the gyrocopter when [the pilot] was working on it. Suddenly the rpm's revved up real high and shut off approximately 2-3 seconds later, I heard an explosion. Unfortunately, at that time, I just assumed that the engine backfired." The pilot was not a certificated pilot.

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

An inflight collision with terrain during an unknown phase of flight. A factor was the pilot's lack of experience.

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