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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 35547
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:04-OCT-2000
Time:18:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic RAF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RAF 2000 GTX SE
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N1187Z
MSN: 2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Muskegon, MI -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:MKG
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The amateur-built gyroplane was destroyed on impact with terrain and a post crash fire while en route to land on the pilot/builder's private airstrip. An on-scene examination of the wreckage was performed. The vertical stabilizer of the aircraft was found about 1 mile from the main wreckage site. There was evidence of a main rotor strike to the vertical stabilizer. The pre-rotator drive belts for the rotor system were found about 300 feet from the main wreckage. A post-impact fire extensively damaged the main wreckage. No anomalies could be found that could be associated with a preexisting condition.
Probable Cause: The main rotor contacting with the vertical stabilizer, the loss of the vertical stabilizer, and the aircraft control not possible by the pilot.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001212X22116&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 19:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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