Father, son dead in gyrocopter crash

Published 9:09 pm Monday, December 4, 2017

HERNANDO (AP) — Authorities say two men have died in a gyrocopter crash in Mississippi.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Alex Coker says 70-year-old Wayne House and his son, 43-year-old Richard House, were killed Saturday when the two-seater experimental aircraft crashed coming in for a landing.

Love Volunteer Fire Chief Shawn Witt says his department responded to a report of a grass fire around 5:30 p.m., but he realized a plane had crashed when he saw the propeller and one of the victims. He called the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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Witt says the crash site was about 500 yards from Eagles Ridge Airport.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.