Man dies in aircraft crash near Wellton

Man dies in aircraft crash near Wellton

CREATED Dec. 24, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died after crashing a helicopter-like aircraft in the desert near Wellton.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old Douglas Goodman of Yuma died Sunday after crashing a gyrocopter, an aircraft that looks like a helicopter but is pushed by a rear-mounted propeller while the non-powered overhead blades create lift.

No one else was on board the aircraft.

Authorities don't know the circumstances of the crash.

The crash was reported by someone who saw the aircraft go down.

The sheriff's office says officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will be going to the crash site Monday.

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