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Man flying gyrocopter near Heber City killed in crash

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HEBER CITY — A man was killed when the gyrocopter he was flying crashed near the Heber Valley Airport Wednesday afternoon.

A witness called 911 about 3:30 p.m. to let police know that they’d seen the gyrocopter “nosedive,” but there wasn’t smoke or flames. When rescue workers arrived, they found the pilot and lone passenger in the aircraft deceased. A gyrocopter looks like a small helicopter but doesn’t have an engine turning the main rotor. Instead, the rotor is self-propelled due to the way the air flows through it.

Officials closed the right lane of U.S. 189 near 3600 South for several hours as they investigated the crash. The identity of the pilot wasn’t released pending notification of family.