Pilot And Passenger Dead After Gyro-Copter Crash In Sebring

Sebring,  Fla.-(970 WFLA)-Two people are dead after a gyro-copter crash in Highlands County.   

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon in Sebring when a gyro-copter fell on a home at Sebring Falls Mobile Home Park. 

According to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office web site, the crash happened just before 2:50 p.m. and claimed the life of the pilot, 45 year old  Christopher Lord, and passenger 52 year Christopher Brugger.

 Lord was flying Brugger to an airport in Manatee County after taking off from the Sebring Regional Airport. Lord was the owner of Gyroplaneguy, Inc., which is based at the Sebring Regional Airport. 

Witnesses said the aircraft was in some kind of distress before it clipped a power line and crashed into a mobile home at 2003 Caribbean Road in the Sebring Falls Retirement Subdivision. Luckily, nobody was home at the time

A man working on a home next door suffered burns to his arm and leg and was transported to the hospital. 

One of the adjacent homes was heavily damaged on one side, while the home on the other side had cosmetic damage.  Both of the adjacent homes were unoccupied at the time of the crash.

Photo and Video credit: Highlands County Sheriff's Office

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