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N2436 accident description

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Crash location 45.002500°N, 93.671667°W
Nearest city Maple Plain, MN
45.007185°N, 93.655794°W
0.8 miles away
Tail number N2436
Accident date 07 Jun 2015
Aircraft type Kretsinger Bensen B8M
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that he was making a low pass by the runway and that the gyroplane began settling. He reported that he felt a downdraft from the nearby trees pull the gyroplane down. The pilot reported that he turned down wind to escape the downdraft, he lost lift, and the gyroplane impacted a field sustaining substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed, resulting in a loss of control, and a collision with terrain.

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