SC man dies in gyroplane crash in eastern Ga.

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WRENS, Ga. (AP) — A South Carolina man has died in eastern Georgia after his gyroplane crashed at the edge of a field.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/KoBqOq ) that 55-year-old Christopher William Bowen died in the crash less than a mile from the airport in Wrens around 4 p.m. Friday.

Bowen was attending the Wrens-O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-In. The event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association's Chapter 172. It attracts small planes, ultralights, paraplanes and other aircraft. Gyroplanes are also called gyrocopters and are small aircraft that use an unpowered rotor for life and a propeller for thrust.

According to an FAA online registry, Bowen got his student pilot's license two years ago and registered his gyroplane a few months later.

The investigation has been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com

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