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Gyrocopter crash in Fla. kills Maine man

April 29, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has died in a gyrocopter crash in Florida.

Fifty-eight-year-old Scott Adair, of Scarborough, was killed shortly before 8 a.m. Monday at Valkaria Airport in Malabar. Adair had a second home in Florida.

Adair was piloting a single-seat gyrocopter when it went down and crashed into an unmanned airplane on airport property. A gyrocopter is a small aircraft with a rotor like a helicopter and a propeller like an airplane.

WMTW-TV (http://bit.ly/11SAdJu ) reports that Adair was an experienced paraglider pilot, but that this was his first solo flight in a gyrocopter.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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