Nowra gyrocopter crash: investigators probe wreckage

A Nowra pilot was killed when a gyrocopter crashed on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

A Nowra pilot was killed when a gyrocopter crashed on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

UPDATED 1.25PM: Police are yet to release the name of a 66-year-old South Nowra man who was killed when his gyrocopter crashed on farmland at Brundee, east of Nowra on Sunday morning.

Investigators from the Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association (ASRA) from Brisbane were at the crash site early Monday morning investigating into what may have caused the accident.

VIDEO: Man, 66, killed in gyrocopter crash at Nowra

The investigators arrived just after 8am and expect to conduct their investigations on site, before the wreckage is removed.

Crash investigators Alan Wardill and Murray Barker were joined by local gyrocopter instructor Dean Thompson of Ulladulla and Forensic Services police and detectives inspecting the crash site and combing over the downed copter.

Police said the gyrocopter was travelling east when it crashed in farmland off Mayfield Road at Brundee, between Nowra and Greenwell Point around 10am on Sunday morning.

A Nowra pilot was killed when a gyrocopter crashed on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

A Nowra pilot was killed when a gyrocopter crashed on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The male pilot was the sole occupant of the two-seater tandem craft and was killed on impact.

It is believed the man had taken off from a South Nowra address and had earlier been seen over the Worrigee area.

Local emergency services, police, ambulance, fire and rescue and Rural Fire Service crews converged on the area.

Police from the Shoalhaven Local Area Command established a crime scene.

The police helicopter Polair also attended the scene, taking aerial photographs of the crash site.

A guard was placed at the crash scene overnight until the investigators could arrive at the location.

Police will prepare a report for the information of the coroner outlining the full circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

South Coast Register

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