Pilot killed in gyrocopter crash at Beverly airport identified



The accident happened during takeoff, according to the FAA.

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 66-year-old man who crashed a gyrocopter Sunday morning at Beverly Airport has died of his injuries, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office identified the man as Geoffrey Muller, 66, of Manchester by the Sea.

Muller was the only person aboard the small plane when it crashed around 11:40 a.m. Sunday morning. He was taken to Beverly Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An FAA spokesperson said the accident happened during takeoff, the World reported.

The incident is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as local and state police.

A gyrocopter is an aircraft that looks like a small helicopter, but there is no motor that turns the main rotor. The rotor of a gyrocopter is powered by airflow, while forward thrust is generated by a motor-driven propeller.



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