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N991TC accident description

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Crash location 38.976667°N, 76.331389°W
Nearest city Stevensville, MD
38.980668°N, 76.314400°W
1.0 miles away
Tail number N991TC
Accident date 04 May 2017
Aircraft type Autogyro Calidus
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the gyrocopter reported that during the takeoff roll, the rotor RPM was not increasing. He continued the takeoff and kept the gyrocopter on the ground to gain airspeed by not moving the stick in the full aft position. He added that this was an "old existing airplane habit". Subsequently, during the takeoff the gyrocopter developed a "rotor flap" and he lost directional control. The gyrocopter came to rest on its side to the left of the runway.

The pilot added that not having the stick full aft prevented the rotor RPM from increasing, and the appropriate corrective action would have been to apply full aft stick.

The gyrocopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and rotors.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the gyrocopter that would have precluded normal operation.

The Gyrocopter's Flight Manual states that during the takeoff roll, the pilot must "bring the control stick fully aft".

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s improper takeoff procedure, which resulted in a loss of directional control during the takeoff.

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