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Report: Inexperienced flyer and bad weather is the cause for gyrocopper accident in Finland

A Norwegian pilot died in gyrocopper accident happened in July near Finland. The report from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Commission is released and it concludes that local gusts, turbulence and an inexperienced flyer were the cause of the accident.

The accident happened on Saturday, July 21 this year about 20 km east of Kilpisjärvi in ​​Finland, in the area where Norway, Sweden and Finland borders meets.

A gyrocopper is a vessel with a rotor that spins freely, without engine, and with a regular propeller for propulsion. The machine relies on speed ahead to get lifted and can not stand still in the air like a regular helicopter can.

Adverse weather conditions

Gyrocopped with two persons on board was on their way from Lakselv in Finnmark to Steigen north of Bodø in Nordland. After a stopover in Kautokeino, where they filled gasoline, the next stopover was scheduled to take place in Salangen in Troms. The flyer then chose to fly through Finland, and near Kilpisjärvi they entered unfavorable weather conditions.

Due to heavy clouds with heavy rainfall in the area, there was a locally strong wind and turbulence, the Hearing Commission is striking. This probably affected the gyroscope unfortunate.

“The Accident Investigation Board finds it likely that the gyrocopy failed because of the slowdown, while it was affected by windshield and that the commander consequently lost direction control. The Gyrokopteret began to rotate and then moved laterally from the plateau and fell into a rock trip, “the report says.

Lack of flight experience

“The Marine Commission believes that the flight safety aspect of planning and implementation of the current flight was not adequately taken care of and that in combination with the captain’s limited flight experience, the weather and aircraft performance, the accident could happen”, the Commission writes.

The accident happened on Saturday, July 21 this year about 20 km east of Kilpisjärvi in ​​Finland, in the area where Norway, Sweden and Finland borders.

A gyrocopper is a vessel with a rotor that spins freely, without engine, and with a regular propeller for propulsion. The machine relies on speed ahead to get lifted and can not stand still in the air like a regular helicopter can.

Adverse weather conditions

Gyrocopped with two persons on board was on their way from Lakselv in Finnmark to Steigen north of Bodø in Nordland. After a stopover in Kautokeino, where they filled gasoline, the next stopover was scheduled to take place in Salangen in Troms. The flyer then chose to fly through Finland, and near Kilpisjärvi they entered unfavorable weather conditions. Heavy clouds and rainfall in the area caused strong wind and turbulence. This possibly caused gyrocopper to loose control and crashed.

“The Accident Investigation Board finds it likely that the gyrocopper failed because of the slowdown, while it was affected by windshield and that the commander consequently lost direction control. The Gyrocopper began to rotate and then moved laterally from the plateau and fell into a rock trip, “the report says.

Lack of flight experience

“The Marine Commission believes that the flight safety aspect of planning and implementation of the current flight was not adequately taken care of and that in combination with the captain’s limited flight experience, the weather and aircraft performance, the accident could happen”, the Commission writes.

The Commission does not promote any special safety recommendations in this report, but assumes that the Norwegian Air Sports Association uses the report in its further flight insurance work.

It was 57-year-old NRK editor Morten Ruud who died in the accident. The passenger, a mate of Ruud, suffered only more damage and was notified of the accident.

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