Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rotor Flight Dynamics Dominator Tandem, N41852: Fatal accident February 01, 2016 near Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Illinois

Raymond Z. Brown:

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA096
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 01, 2016 in Centralia, IL
Aircraft: RAYMOND Z BROWN CONDOR, registration: N41852
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 1, 2016, about 1435 central standard time, an amateur-built Condor gyroplane, N41852, impacted terrain near Centralia, Illinois. The sport pilot was fatally injured and the gyroplane was substantially damaged. The gyroplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight was departing from the Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Centralia, Illinois at the time of the accident.

According to information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspectors, an eyewitness watched the gyroplane as it departed runway 36. During the climb out, the gyroplane began a right turn during which the witness perceived that the rotor blades began to slow. The gyroplane then made a sharp left turn and began descending. After the gyroplane did a quick flare, it descended out of view and rolled over. The witness ran to the accident site and called for assistance. The accident occurred about 1 mile from the airport.

The gyroplane was retained for further examination.

At 1435, an automated weather reporting station located at ENL reported a wind from 040 at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, a clear sky, temperature 54° F, dew point 32° F, and an altimeter setting of 29.99 inches of mercury.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Springfield FSDO-19

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