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.

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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.

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