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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59942
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RAF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RAF 2000 GTX
Registration: N1435X
MSN: H2-00-11-450
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:South Prairie Airport, WA (02WA) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:South Prairie, WA (02WA)
Destination airport:Auburn, WA (S50)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that during takeoff initial climb from the uncontrolled airport, at 50 feet above ground level, he heard the sound of an airplane coming towards him from the left and saw a shadow of the airplane on the ground merging with his, and initiated an abrupt turn of 90 degrees to the right to avoid a collision. Upon completion of the turn, the pilot noticed that he had lost a significant amount of airspeed and was heading toward a residential structure. The pilot initiated a second turn to the right to miss the house and attempted to regain airspeed. Subsequently, the gyroplane impacted terrain adjacent to the runway. The pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the flight control system or engine prior to the accident. A witness located adjacent to the accident site reported that another aircraft was apparently making a high-speed pass over the runway and overflew the gyroplane as it was taking off.
Probable Cause: The pilot's abrupt maneuver to avoid a collision that resulted in an airspeed reduction and subsequent loss of lift provided by the rotor system. Contributing to the accident was the failure of both pilots to maintain an adequate visual lookout for other aircraft in the traffic pattern.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


(c) NTSB

Revision history:

11-May-2009 08:14 slowkid Added
11-May-2009 12:53 slowkid Updated
09-Jun-2009 23:58 harro Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 14:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]

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