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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 41016
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Date:02-NOV-1996
Time:13:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic RAF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RAF 2000 GTX SE
Owner/operator:Gary L Frost
Registration: N914VT
MSN: H2-95-6-174
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:two miles southeast of Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Adrian, MI (ADG)
Destination airport:Unkonwn, Ohio
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On November 2, 1996, at 13:52 EST (Eastern Standard Time), a Frost RAF 2000 GTX SE (Gyroplane), N914VT, received substantial damage on impact with the terrain following contact between the main rotor system, the pusher propeller and other portions of the airframe. The accident occurred about two miles southeast of Adrian, Michigan. The student pilot sustained fatal injuries. The personal 14 CFR Part 91 flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions. No flight plan was on file. The flight departed Adrian, Michigan, about 13:45 en route to an unknown destination in Ohio.

Witnesses to the accident stated that the gyroplane was flying from north to south. Two witnesses stated that the aircraft was observed to pitch nose up and down several times at which time parts were seen to depart and the gyroplane impacted the terrain. According to a witness interviewed by the Lenawee County Sheriff's Deputy, he thought the pilot might be doing "tricks."

One individual at the Lenawee County Airport, Adrian, Michigan, said that the gyroplane had been based at that airport by the pilot/owner; however, on the day of the accident the pilot had arrived in an airplane with the intention of flying the gyroplane to an undetermined location in Ohio.

According to the logbook found in the gyroplane after the accident, the aircraft had a total time of 19 hours. The pilot was the holder of a student pilot certificate and he had accumulated 8.8 hours experience in the accident aircraft. All of this time was dual with no solo endorsement from an instructor recorded in his logbook and no solo time logged.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigator's found no mechanical anomalies in the wreckage which they could associate with a pre-existing condition.

An autopsy of the pilot was conducted at the Bixby Medical Center, Adrian, Michigan, on November 3, 1996. No pre-existing pathological conditions were found. A toxicological examination of specimens from the pilot were examined by the FAA Civil Aeromedical Institute. The tests were negative for drugs screened.

Sources:

1. NTSB Identification: CHI97LA018 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?_ev_id=20001208X07005&ntsbno=CHI97LA018&akey=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=914VT


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
02-Aug-2016 20:12 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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