Engine trouble on way back to Tyagarah.
Engine trouble on way back to Tyagarah.

Gyrocopter's engine fails

BYRON emergency services swung into action on Sunday afternoon when a gyrocopter made an emergency landing on Tallow Beach while returning to Tyagarah from the Great Eastern Fly-In at Evans Head.

Byron police said the aircraft experienced engine trouble at 4.20pm forcing it to land on the beach causing minor damage to a wheel.

The aircraft was carrying no passengers and the pilot was not injured.

A National Parks and Wildlife officer alerted police who attended the scene. Once they established the pilot was okay they cancelled the ambulance and fire brigade. They then notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

The bureau will not investigate the incident.

A spokesman said the bureau would not normally investigate gyrocopter or ultralight accidents, except under extraordinary circumstances such as someone being hurt or killed.

“If there is a fatality the coroner would investigate, but really those craft remain the responsibility of other aviation organisations,” he said.

The pilot made his own arrangements to transport the aircraft.



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