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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157400
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:12-DEC-1999
Time:11:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic RAF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RAF 2000
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N78ME
MSN: H2978289
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Private grass strip, Franklin, NY -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:NONE
Destination airport:Norwich, NY (OIC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The pilot of the homebuilt gyrocopter stated the purpose of the flight was to do a reconnaissance of the grass strip, land, and perform a takeoff. He said that prior to departing for the strip, he advised a friend of his intentions, and asked the friend to come look for him if he did not return by a specified time. After walking and then taxiing the length of the field, the pilot attempted the takeoff. At the end of the takeoff roll, the gyrocopter indicated inadequate rotor rpm for takeoff, but the pilot elected to continue. The gyrocopter collided with a stonewall and tree stumps at the departure end of the field. The pilot said, 'I hate to use the phrase, but it was pilot error.'

Probable Cause: was the pilot's failure to abort the takeoff due to inadequate rotor rpm.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X20252&key=1
FAA register: 2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=78ME


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jul-2013 02:42 JINX Added
02-Aug-2016 20:37 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Aug-2016 20:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 09:59 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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