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N62188 accident description

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Crash location 42.584166°N, 70.916389°W
Nearest city Beverly, MA
42.558428°N, 70.880049°W
2.6 miles away
Tail number N62188
Accident date 02 Aug 2004
Aircraft type Pascucci RAF 2000
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On August 2, 2004, about 1300 eastern daylight time, a homebuilt RAF 2000 Gyrocopter, N62188, was substantially damaged while landing at the Beverly Municipal Airport, Beverly, Massachusetts. The certificated private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91,

According to the pilot's written statement, he was landing on runway 16, a 4,634-foot-long, 150-foot-wide, asphalt runway. After touchdown, the gyrocopter encountered a wind gust and became airborne again. The pilot intended to maintain flight to prevent the gyrocopter from falling onto the runway; however, he made a "wrong correction." The gyrocopter then rolled onto it's left side and impacted the ground.

The pilot added that he did not experience any mechanical problems. He reported 950 hours of total flight experience, which included 60 hours in gyrocopters.

Winds reported at the airport, about the time of the accident, were from 080 degrees, at 5 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while landing. A factor in this accident was the crosswind condition.

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