Magni gyroplane M24C Orion, G-CGTI
The pilot departed Old Sarum Airfield for a local flight in his M24C gyroplane and shortly after it became airborne the ‘gull wing’ door was seen to open to the horizontal position. The pilot made a radio call that he had a problem with the door and intended to return to the airfield. The aircraft continued around the circuit until the end of the downwind leg, where the pilot appeared to position the aircraft to land in a field. At the end of the flight the engine noise was heard to reduce and the aircraft was seen to roll to the left before it crashed into the field and caught fire. The investigation established that at the start of the flight the pilot’s door appeared to be closed but the latching mechanism had not locked the door in the closed position.
As a result of the findings of the investigation a number of safety actions were taken by the aircraft manufacturer’s UK representative and the Civil Aviation Authority. One Safety Recommendation is made to the Civil Aviation Authority.
Published 10 December 2014