Loss of control Accident AutoGyro MT 03 MTOSport A6-GY0, Wednesday 9 December 2015
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Date:Wednesday 9 December 2015
Time:14:24 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
AutoGyro MT 03 MTOSport
Owner/operator:Nad al Sheba Private Club
Registration: A6-GY0
MSN: M01230
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:off Skydive Dubai Palm Dropzone -   United Arab Emirates
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Skydive Dubai Palm
Destination airport:Skydive Dubai Palm
Investigating agency: GCAA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 9 December 2015, at approximately 1424 UAE time, an MTOsport gyrocopter, registration A6-GYO, flown by a Dutch citizen Pilot participating in an air race held as part of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) 2015 World Air Games (WAG), Dubai, suffered loss of control and impacted the sea upon passing the final race course pylon. The Pilot was submerged in the water for a period of approximately ten minutes before being rescued in an unconscious condition by Search and Rescue divers. The Pilot did not regain consciousness and succumbed to his injuries ten days after the Accident.

The Air Accident Investigation Sector determines that the most probable cause of the Accident was due to the pilot losing control of the Aircraft as he attempted a high speed unbalanced left hand turn and becoming distracted, at the same time, due to the loss of his helmet. Subsequently, the sudden control stick input to the left and against the stops caused the Aircraft to lose lift from the rotors, enter negative g-loading and suffer a loss of engine power causing the Aircraft to roll and dive, impacting the water at high speed.

3.4 Contributory Factors
The Air Accident Investigation Sector determines that the following factors contributed to the Accident or the severity of its consequences:
- The Pilot was most likely not sufficiently experienced to fly the gyrocopter in an air race as he had just over 20 hours of pilot-in-command time for the gyrocopter;
- The Pilot selection process was lacking robust procedures as all pilots who had been nominated, irrespective of experience, were allowed to compete by the FAI;
- The Pilot was allowed to fly even though he had less than the 45 hours of pilot in command experience flying a gyrocopter as stipulated in GCAA CAAP 15;
- The race course did not have a safe height established and most of the flight was performed at an average of 100 feet above the water.
- Most of the flight was flown at speeds in the yellow precautionary range in excess of 120 km per hour.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: GCAA
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Download report: Final report





Photo(c): GCAA

Revision history:

09-Dec-2015 15:39 harro Added
19-Dec-2015 08:27 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Jan-2016 11:46 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
13-Mar-2016 19:36 harro Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]
02-Aug-2016 05:11 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Apr-2018 09:49 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
08-Mar-2022 23:34 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative, Photo]

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