AAIB investigation to Tango 2, RA-0542A

Loss of control on takeoff, Popham Airfield, Hampshire, 25 August 2016.


The pilot was taking part in the FAI World Paramotor and Microlight Championship in the Autogyro Tandem class and lost control of the gyrocopter during takeoff. Video footage of the takeoff shows the gyrocopter rotating steeply with the rotor blade hitting the ground behind the gyrocopter. It then rolled to the left before coming to a stop on its side. The pilot and crew were unharmed.

Bulletin Correction

A correction concerning this report was published online on 11 May 2017.

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Tango 2, RA-0542A 05-17

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Tango 2, RA-0542A Correction 06-17

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Published 11 May 2017