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Man suffers life-threatening injuries in gyroplane crash at Beverly Airport

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A gyrocopter is a small self-propelled aircraft.

A Calidus ZU-RHI autogyro. It’s unclear what type of gyrocopter was flying when it crashed at Beverly Airport on Sunday. Bob Adams via Wikimedia Commons

A man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Sunday after crashing into a gyrocopter at Beverly Airport.

State police said by email that the crash happened around noon and the man was taken to Beverly Hospital.

Beverly and State Police are investigating the accident, State Police said. The police did not specify the cause of the accident.

The Boston Globe reported that the victim was a 66-year-old man and was the only person in the gyrocopter at the time of the crash.

The crash happened at 11:41 a.m. as the man was trying to land, the World reported.

A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board told the World the agency sends an inspector to the scene of the accident to investigate.

A gyrocopter is an aircraft that looks like a small helicopter. The difference between the two is that there is no motor that spins the main rotor. A gyrocopter’s rotor is powered by the airflow below, while forward thrust is generated from a separate powered propeller.



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