Man suffers life-threatening injuries from gyrocopter crash at Beverly Airport

A gyrocopter is a small, self-propelling aircraft.

A Calidus autogyro ZU-RHI. It is not known what type of gyrocopter was being flown during the crash at Beverly Airport Sunday. Bob Adams via Wikimedia Commons

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

State Police said over email that the crash happened around noon, and that the man was taken to Beverly Hospital.

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Both Beverly and State Police are investigating the crash, State Police said. Police have not specified the cause of the crash.

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. when the man was trying to land the aircraft, the Globe reported.


A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board told the Globe the agency is sending an inspector to the crash scene to investigate.

A gyrocopter is an aircraft that looks like a small helicopter. The difference between the two is that there is no engine turning the main rotor. The rotor on a gyrocopter is powered by the airflow underneath, while forward thrust is generated from a separate engine-powered propeller.


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