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N216MG accident description

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Crash location 37.305833°N, 89.518056°W
Nearest city Cape Girardeau, MO
37.312829°N, 89.540370°W
1.3 miles away
Tail number N216MG
Accident date 17 Jul 2014
Aircraft type Gremminger Greg Magni M 16
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that he was performing a local flight in a gyroplane. He stated that he flew the gyroplane for an unknown period of time and then regained consciousness in a field after the accident. He reported that there was a transection of a nearby power line and that the gyroplane suffered damage to the propeller, main rotor, landing gear, and fuselage. He reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions of the gyroplane.

A witness reported seeing the gyroplane flying about 20 to 30 feet above ground level. He stated the pilot was waving at him. He noticed that the gyroplane was heading for a set of power lines nearby and he began waving to the pilot as a warning. The witness reported that the gyroplane struck the top wire of the power transmission wires, and then lost control and impacted the ground.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain sufficient altitude while maneuvering which led to a collision with power lines.

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