Report into crash expected within a month

INVESTIGATORS of the crash of a gyrocopter east of Nowra at Brundee on Sunday hope to have an interim report on the accident ready within a month.

Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association (ASRA) investigators from Brisbane spent a number of hours at the crash site on Monday, looking for possible causes of the accident which claimed the life of well-known local businessman and pilot Ken Wilkinson.

Crash investigators Alan Wardill and Murray Barker and Forensic Services police detectives inspected the gyrocopter wreckage.

“We will go over all the data and information we recorded while investigating the wreckage,” Mr Wardill said.

“From statements and information from witnesses we are aware there were wind gusts at the time of the accident and that could be a factor.

“We are also looking at the mechanical condition of the aircraft and the pilot’s flying record.”

He said ASRA would present its findings to the police who will deliver them to the coroner.

“The coroner will determine what content of the report is released to the public,” he said.

Mr Wilkinson is believed to have taken off from his property at Old Southern Road in the two-seater tandem craft and had flown east over Worrigee when it crashed in farmland off Mayfield Road at Brundee, between Nowra and Greenwell Point around 10am on Sunday morning.

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