Pilot killed in Dubai gyrocopter crash underwater for nearly 10 minutes, investigation report says

DUBAI // The pilot of a gyrocopter that crashed into the sea off Dubai Marina in December was underwater for almost 10 minutes before rescue teams brought him to the surface. The 49-year-old Dutch pilot, Arend van Randen, was unconscious when he was pulled from a depth of almost seven metres after the gyrocopter crashed. […]

DUBAI // The pilot of a gyrocopter that crashed into the sea off Dubai Marina in December was underwater for almost 10 minutes before rescue teams brought him to the surface.

The 49-year-old Dutch pilot, Arend van Randen, was unconscious when he was pulled from a depth of almost seven metres after the gyrocopter crashed. The pilot had been taking part in the World Air Games on December 9. He did not regain consciousness and died in hospital 10 days later, a preliminary report by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority’s air accident investigation sector said.

“The search and rescue team of divers recovered the pilot from a depth of about 20 feet below the surface,” said the report. “The pilot sustained serious injury, with a broken jaw, and was unconscious when taken from under the sea.”

The rescue team arrived at the scene 40 seconds after the crash. Once the pilot was pulled from the wreckage, emergency teams tried to resuscitate the pilot for two minutes.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. Additional information will be included in a final report, which could take up to two years to be released.

“Depending on the case, the final report of an investigation can take up anywhere between three months and two years after the incident,” said Ismaeil Abdel Wahed, executive director of the Air Accident Investigation Sector.

The World Air Games are conducted under rules of its governing body, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and feature the world’s leading air sports competitors, according to its website. The FAI is the world governing body for air sports and certifies aviation and space records.

Ballooning, airships, power flying, gliding, helicopter flight, parachuting, aerobatics and microlight flying are among the activities overseen by the FAI.​

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Source: uae news

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