NTSB Identification: CEN14TA116
14 CFR Public Use
Accident occurred Thursday, January 16, 2014 in Spring, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2014
Aircraft: AUTOGYRO MTOSPORT, registration: N250TX
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this public aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated that, as he approached the runway, the tower controller reported that the wind was 210 degrees at 11 knots, gusting to 19 knots. He performed a go-around due to the wind gusts blowing the gyroplane off course. He was then cleared to land on the parallel runway. The pilot reported that a quartering crosswind existed as he flew the approach; however, he landed the gyroplane without incident. As the pilot was reaching forward to change the pneumatic mode selector button from the “flight” to the “brake” position, a strong westerly wind gust lifted the gyroplane. The right wheel came off the ground, which caused the main rotor blade to strike the runway. The pilot attempted to straighten the gyroplane, but it veered off the runway and rolled onto its right side, which resulted in substantial damage to the empennage and main rotor. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation. The calculated crosswind component of 10 knots was below the allowable maximum landing crosswind component of 20 knots. The gyroplane’s flight manual states that, after landing, “use lateral control into wind to maintain rotor disc in level flight. Adjust lateral control input as rotor speed decays” before changing the pneumatic mode selector to the “brake” position.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain the gyroplane’s rotor control during the landing roll in gusting crosswind conditions.

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