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Utah man killed in gyrocopter crash in Nevada

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Posted at 9:34 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 23:34:55-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A man from St. George was killed in Nevada when a kit-built gyrocopter crashed in a dry creek bed.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada, the crash occurred in a remote area of Nevada near Texas Dry Lake.

The pilot has been identified as 58-year-old Kevin Eaton of St. George, who has an aircraft operating license.

The crash occurred Thursday, and authorities said the single-seat, experimental gyrocopter appears to have sustained some sort of accident. A friend told deputies he heard a “pop” sound before the aircraft fell about 100 feet to the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.