VPM M16 Tandem Trainer gyroplane, G-IJMC, 23 July 2009
VPM M16 Tandem Trainer gyroplane, G-IJMC
Whilst conducting a local flight, the pilot of the gyrocopter experienced a loss of engine power. He attempted a forced landing in a nearby field, but a combination of the downward slope of the field, a gust of wind and his flare technique resulted in a hard landing which broke off the nosewheel. A rotor blade then hit the sloping ground and the aircraft rolled over, causing extensive damage to the airframe.
Date of occurrence: 23 July 2009