Investigators head to south-west following gyrocopter crash

Investigators head to south-west following gyrocopter crash

INVESTIGATORS are headed to WA following the deaths of two men in a gyrocopter crash off the south-west coast yesterday.

The small recreational aircraft was flying along the shoreline at Forrest Beach, near Capel, at 2.19pm on Wednesday when it crashed, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said.

Police and St John Ambulance were immediately called and rushed to the scene, but paramedics were stood down.

The aircraft was retrieved last night and taken to Bunbury where it will undergo a full forensic examination.

Police divers will now spend this morning scouring the waters for any remaining parts of the gyrocopter.

What caused the crash still is not clear.

The Australian Sports Rotorcraft Association (ASRA) has been notified and will assist police with their investigation.

An ASRA spokesman said the association’s Queensland-based incident manager was flying to Perth to accompany his local counterpart and would arrive on Thursday morning.

A gyrocopter aircraft is also known as an autogyro or a gyroplane.

They can only seat two people and are often homemade from kits.

CASA will look into the accident, but may not need to conduct a full investigation if the police probe is conclusive.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.