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Gyroscope crash in rural part of north Florida kills pilot

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Posted at 2:53 PM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 14:53:33-05

SAN MATEO, Fla. (AP) -- A gyrocopter crashed early Sunday in a rural part of northeast Florida, killing the pilot, authorities said.

The 62-year-old pilot was the only person on the aircraft and died at the scene in a wooded area of Putnam County, according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The name of the Lake Mary man wasn't released immediately.

Gyroscopes resemble small helicopters but they get propulsion from a rear propeller, allowing them to take off like planes.

Authorities said the cause of the crash isn't immediately known.