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Additional details on the gyrocopter crash on US-189

Thursday December 17, 2020

On December 16th, 2020, at approximately 1421 hours, a gyrocopter was taking off from the Heber Municipal Airport. The airport for the runway is in close proximity to and parallels US-189. As the gyrocopter, an experimental aircraft, began to gain altitude, witnesses saw it suddenly veer to the right. It hovered above US-189 momentarily before crashing near the southbound shoulder of the roadway. After impacting the shoulder of the roadway, the aircraft went through a DOT fence and came to rest in concrete ditch/gully. The solo, 76-year-old, male pilot died as a result of the crash.

The deceased pilot is Mauro Carlo Dal Canto of Park City.

The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting Utah Highway Patrol with the investigation and we are also working with our Federal partners at the National Transportation Safety Board who will be conducting their own investigation.



Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety


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