IT's NOT ME!!! I'm fine!

GyrOZprey

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Our local EMS has just attended a gyro accident near the local large cattle feedlot ...near Potwin.

I have received a couple of calls from concerned friends.

I'm fine ...staying grounded today!

Sadly I think I know who - it's a green/cammo MTO sport machine! (smoking hole ...not looking good!)

RIP.:cry::mad: Dammit!
 

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Sad news for all concerned.

Local media now report two fatalities

""Two people are dead after a gyrocopter wreck in Butler County, according to 911 emergency communications.

The crash was reported at 1:45 p.m. in between Whitewater and Potwin. The two people were the only ones in the aircraft, an official said. The original report was that one person died.

A gyrocopter looks similar to a helicopter but is powered differently.""

Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/news/local/article246932077.html#storylink=cpy
 

GyrOZprey

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GyrOZprey

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Kerry Trent and his military-theme decal’d machine at our EAA 88 late September fly-in! So very sad to lose a new KS gyro pilot ... we never even had a chance to fly & fellowship together! This is too sad ....heartfelt condolences to the families grieving today!
 

GyrOZprey

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The Wichita FSDO ...reached out to me to assist in the examination of wreckage ..and help their examiner understand gyroplane anatomy!
A grim "honor" to be able of offer what expertise I can!
Spent two hours this afternoon taking a close look at burned & twisted MTO remains and offer insights on how the parts typically distort in the impact profile of machine & ground.
As the wreckage had been scooped up and relocated to a tow-company yard ... there were challenges in interpretation that should be mediated when the in-situ photos become available!
 

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GyrOZprey

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I will be getting access to a file of in situ photos on Monday.
Wishing there was a good eye witness who saw the deviation from S&L cruise flight to lawn-dart attitude! ...as with my Jim's accident - it sure helps figure things out with nearby observer/s!

Heartwrenching ..for the families - as I well know the road!

Hoping autopsy may prove a medical issue. Similarities very strong to Jim's & Alex Vagners accidents ....both medical events rendering pilot unconscious in flight! So awful that this one took an innocent passenger too!
 
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