AAIB investigation to Rotorsport UK Cavalon, G-GERN

Forced landing following loss of power on takeoff, Stoke Microlight Airfield, Kent, 18 June 2017.


Following a normal takeoff and having reached an estimated height of 120 ft to 150 ft, the pilot noticed a sudden loss of height and airspeed. He made a forced landing onto a nearby mud bank; on touchdown the rotor blades contacted a boat and the gyroplane rolled over. The weather was warm with the potential to adversely affect takeoff performance.

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Rotorsport UK Cavalon, G-GERN 11-17

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Published 9 November 2017