A loss of control during takeoff led to the gyroplane pitching nose-up rapidly and the retreating rotor blade struck the runway. The gyroplane rolled onto its left side and skidded to a halt on the runway. The occupants were unable to open the canopy to escape. Rather than attempt to break out using their emergency hammer, they awaited the arrival of the airfield’s Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS), who righted the gyroplane, allowing the canopy to be opened.
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