NTSB Identification: CHI08LA052.
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Accident occurred Friday, December 14, 2007 in Salem, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/28/2008
Aircraft: Levick RAF-2000-GTX-SE, registration: N24DN
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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A witness reported that after takeoff, when approximately 20 feet above ground level (agl), the gyroplane drifted to the right and the tail turned "abruptly" to the right about 90-degrees. The pilot reduced power and regained control. The gyroplane returned to the runway centerline and the pilot appeared to be setting up for a landing. However, when the gyroplane was about 5 feet above the runway, the pilot increased engine power and started to climb. About 75 to 100 feet agl, the tail of the gyroplane again turned "abruptly" to the right, the nose pitched up "steeply," and the aircraft rolled inverted. It subsequently impacted the ground on the rotor mast. A post accident examination did not reveal any anomalies consistent with a pre-impact failure or malfunction. The pilot did not have any recollection of the accident flight. He reported that he had owned the accident gyroplane for 2-1/2 years, but he was still just learning. He soloed the previous summer and had accumulated about 5 hours of solo flight time. He had about 20 hours total flight time in gyroplanes. The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a single-engine land airplane rating, with about 280 hours flight time in airplanes.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the gyroplane during climbout after takeoff. Full narrative available
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