Accident Rotorsport UK MT-03 G-RTIN, Monday 13 February 2017
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Date:Monday 13 February 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic MT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rotorsport UK MT-03
Registration: G-RTIN
MSN: RSUK/MT-03/047
Year of manufacture:2008
Engine model:Rotax 914-UL
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Turweston Airfield, Brackley, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Turweston Airport (EGBT)
Destination airport:Turweston Airport (EGBT)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Substantially damaged while taxying at Turweston Airfield, Brackley, Northamptonshire on 13 February 2017 at the end of an instructional/training flight. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"AAIB investigation to Rotorsport UK MT-03, G-RTIN
Gyroplane rolled over while being taxied by a student under instruction, Turweston Aerodrome, Northamptonshire, 13 February 2017.

The aim of the flight was for the student pilot to refine his takeoffs and landings with “hops” along the paved Runway 09 at Turweston. Each hop consisted of a takeoff, a short level flight a few feet above the runway, and then a landing.

Visibility was good, and the wind was estimated to be from 090 degrees and fairly steady at 13 knots. Following each landing the gyroplane was stopped and then taxied back to the takeoff point, after being turned left through 180 degrees. To create enough space on the runway for a 180-degree left turn, the gyroplane was initially turned right and taxied towards the edge of the runway.

After the first two “hops”, the instructor took control as they taxied and debriefed the student on the previous manoeuvre. During the next “hops”, the instructor took control of the throttle only whilst they were airborne, so the student could concentrate on his control stick inputs. The instructor believed the handover of control was always executed clearly, using appropriate “I have control” and “you have control” announcements.

Following the fifth landing and with the gyroplane stopped, the instructor recalled handing control of the throttle back to the student. The instructor reported that as the right turn began, he believed the student was in full control, the control stick was fully forward and he, the instructor, was “covering” it to prevent any inappropriate rearwards movement of the stick. At this stage, with the wind from the left of the nose, the control stick moved right quickly.

The gyroplane rolled right and the instructor was unable to intervene before he felt he had to withdraw his arms and brace for impact with the ground. When the gyroplane came to rest, the instructor made an appropriate radio call on the air/ground frequency, before he and the student unstrapped and vacated the open cockpit."

=Nature of Damage sustained to airframe=
Per the AAIB report "Severe damage to rotor assembly and propeller, plus damage to vertical stabiliser, nosecone and right wheel spat". As a result, the aircraft was deemed to be "damaged beyond economic repair", and the registration G-RTIN was cancelled by the CAA (with the airframe being de-registered) on 20 May 2019 as "destroyed"

The two persons on board (instructor and pilot under training) were uninjured.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2017/02/03
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB:

History of this aircraft

This Rotorsport UK MT-03 was built in 2008, and was first registered in the UK (from new) as G-RTIN on 21 July 2008. The aircraft was sold on and re-registered to its second owner on 19 September 2013, and then to its third (and ultimately final) owner on 18 May 2016.

As noted above, as a result of the damage sustained at Turweston on 13 February 2017, the aircraft was deemed to be "damaged beyond economic repair", and the registration G-RTIN was cancelled by the CAA (with the airframe being de-registered) on 20 May 2019 as "destroyed"



G-RTIN seen the day after the incident

Revision history:

10-Jun-2017 22:11 Dr. John Smith Added
07-Jan-2018 19:35 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
15-May-2024 07:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category]

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