Accident AutoGyro MT 03 MTOSport ZU-RGL, Sunday 8 September 2013
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Date:Sunday 8 September 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic MT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
AutoGyro MT 03 MTOSport
Registration: ZU-RGL
MSN: ZA 10 S 08
Fatalities:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Dense bush near Klipplaat farm -   South Africa
Departure airport:Private airfield, Klipplaat farm, near Brits, North West
Destination airport:Private airfield, Klipplaat farm, near Brits, North West
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, took off from Klipplaat farm on a game surveillance flight, with the intention of returning to the farm. After take-off, they climbed to 800ft above ground level (AGL) and proceeded with the surveillance flight. Half an hour later, they sighted animals and the pilot turned the autogyro to obtain a better view. According to the pilot, they suddenly experienced a severe downdraft and lost height. The pilot applied full power but was unable to regain sufficient height. He levelled out, realised he was about to collide with tall trees. The autogyro crashed into small trees and flipped onto its right-hand side. The pilot sustained minor injuries but the passenger was not hurt. The autogyro was substantially damaged. The investigation found that the pilot had been distracted by watching animals on the ground whilst manoeuvring the autogyro at low level. He had failed to monitor and maintain proper airspeed and the gyro had lost height and could not recover. Probable Cause '? The pilot was distracted by watching animals on the ground whilst manoeuvring the autogyro and lost control. '? Poor technique/ Airmanship Contributing factor: Distraction/Diverted Attention

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



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