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NTSB Preliminary Report: Viroqa, WI

 

Location:

Viroqa, WI

Accident Number:

CEN19FA276

Date & Time:

08/19/20191834 CDT

Registration:

N634SC

Aircraft:

SHIRLEY CARL SPORTCOPTER VORTEX

Injuries:

1 Fatal

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 19, 2019, about 1834 Central daylight time, an experimental light sport, Sport Copter Vortex gyrocopter, N634SC, impacted a corn field about .31 miles west of the departure end of runway 29 at Viroqua Municipal Airport (Y51) Viroqua, Wisconsin. The gyrocopter was owned and operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. The non-certificated pilot was fatally injured and the gyrocopter was destroyed by the impact and post-crash fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Y51 about 1830.

According to a family member, the purpose of the flight was to practice taxi operations and become familiar with the handling characteristics of the aircraft. The reason the gyrocopter took off is unknown.

Witnesses at the airport and nearby stated that, after becoming airborne, the engine appeared to lose all power. None of the witnesses heard pops or bangs, and all described the engine noise as just stopping. The gyrocopter then descended rapidly into a corn field and shortly thereafter, smoke was observed rising from the field. First responders arrived to find the airplane fully engulfed in fire.

The debris field extended about 65 ft along a magnetic heading of 336°.

The gyrocopter was equipped with a Rotax 582 series engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

SHIRLEY CARL

Registration:

N634SC

Model/Series:

SPORTCOPTER VORTEX No Series

Aircraft Category:

Helicopter

Amateur Built:

No

 

 

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

KLSE, 656 ft msl

Observation Time:

2253 UTC

Distance from Accident Site:

23 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

27°C / 13°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

Calm / ,

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility

10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.99 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Departure Point:

Viroqa, WI (Y51)

Destination:

Viroqa, WI (Y51)

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Fatal

Aircraft Damage:

Destroyed

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

On-Ground

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 Fatal

Latitude, Longitude:

43.582778, -90.914444

 

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

David S Williams

Additional Participating Persons:

Mike Dziengel; FAA; Milwaukee, WI

Note:

The NTSB traveled to the scene of this accident.

 







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