Two die in inferno after ‘homemade helicopter’ crashes in Florida

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A pilot and passenger of a homemade gyrocopter have died after the aircraft crash landed in a Florida field and burst into flame on impact.

The experimental aircraft crashed into a private field near the town of Melrose at around 10am on Saturday, July 30, and combusted into a burning inferno, which firefighters later put out.

Authorities have not yet released the identities of the two victims killed in the horrific accident.

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The disaster site was within 100 feet from two buildings, and Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook believes the pilot diverted the helicopter, preventing the thing from crashing into the buildings, reports News4Jax.

Sheriff Cook said the chopper was left "badly mangled and badly burned", reports The Sun.

Authorities believe the machine was homemade. While they don't know where the machine started its journey from, an investigation into the incident by Florida Highway Patrol is underway.

Eye witness Alexis Kelly told News4Jax about watching the horror unfurl.

She said: “I was standing on my front porch actually and I heard something like the engine cut off above me, and I looked up and I couldn’t really see, and I ran to the top of the road, and probably five seconds tops it was going down.

“I never thought I would witness that ever.

"I’m just still in shock."

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Alexis added that her grandmother, who called 911, was still upset by the incident.

The tragedy comes after the news that just a day earlier, a 69-year-old man from Minnesota was taken to hospital with "undetermined injuries" after crashing his homemade plane into a ditch on the side of Wisconsin highway, hitting street signs on the way down, reports CBS News.

Another homemade aircraft crashed earlier this month in Bothell, Washington due to engine failure, injuring two people who were on board the plane. The people, along with a dog which was also onboard were sent to hospital, reports Fox News.


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