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.
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Published: 11 May 2017
Date of occurrence: 25 August 2016