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Pilot dies in gyrocopter crash in Heber City

Fatal Gyrocopter Crash, Heber City, December 16, 2020
Posted at 3:25 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 23:52:43-05

HEBER CITY, Utah — A 76-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon in a gyrocopter crash near the Heber Valley Airport.

The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. in the area of Main St. and 1200 S.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the gyrocopter had just taken off from the airport when it crashed into the dirt next to U.S. 189 and went through a UDOT fence, then came to rest in a drainage culvert.

"Our investigators are now working with the NTSB to see if we can figure out what caused this crash," said Lt. Randall Richey, Utah Highway Patrol.

Investigators did not release the victim's name. Richey told FOX 13 he was a Park City resident and an experienced pilot, but he had only started using the gyrocopter in this crash within the last few of weeks.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced that they are investigating the crash, but that nobody from the organization would be traveling to the scene at this time.

No one else was hurt.