An elderly man died Wednesday after his experimental gyrocopter failed midair and crashed. The gyrocopter crash took place in a hangar facility at the Billings Logan International Airport.
Billings Police reported that an emergency call was received shortly before 1 p.m. by an eye witness who reported a crash at the west side of Billings Logan International Airport. The private hangar was empty when Billings Police arrived to investigate. No other person was involved in the gyocopter crash.
Airport Director Kevin Ploehn described the gyrocopter as an “experimental RW-1 helicopter” in a press release and said, “Details are still being sorted out as there were no witnesses to the incident.”
The pilot, Robert Larry Coons, 74, died after he crashed his experimental Coons built RW-1, gyrocopter into a hangar at the Billings Logan International Airport (KBIL), Billings, MT pic.twitter.com/6md5iGWWYP
— Allison Brown (@allisonbrown262) September 13, 2018
The gyrocopter crash victim was later identified as Robert Coons, 74, of Billings. Coons died from several blunt force trauma caused by the crash. Investigators with Billings Police do not believe drugs nor alcohol are to blame for the crash.
Coons appears to be the owner, manufacturer, and operator of the gyrocopter. Billings Police is still investigating the incident.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident caused by another person, you may be entitled to fair compensation for your losses and injuries. Don’t worry. The Montana Advocates are here to help. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping accident victims all throughout Montana restore their lives to what they were before their accidents. Contact the Montana Advocates today for a free evaluation of your case. You can call us at 406-534-7179 or chat online immediately with a live attorney. Don’t wait to get back on the road to recovery. You deserve an Advcoate!