Nevada City man dies in air crash |

Nevada City man dies in air crash

A Nevada City man died in a single-seat helicopter accident Saturday in Yuba County. The crash was still being investigated Monday.

Sgt. Allan Garza of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said Gregory Scott Gillespie, 45, was piloting a gyrocopter out of the Yuba County Airport when it crashed into the nearby Feather River bottom next to a levee. No one else was hurt in the incident.

A caller to the sheriff’s department at 1:55 p.m. heard the craft’s engine sputtering, Garza said, and another caller at the site beckoned authorities to the wreckage. The airport is in Linda, south of Marysville and east across the river from Yuba City and Sutter County.

Garza said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration began a probe of the crash Monday. Garza said an autopsy will be performed on Gillespie, as well.

A gyrocopter is an ultralight craft driven by a rear engine. The craft has rotors above its single seat that are not powered but are included for lift.

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