Lake Mary man killed in Florida gyrocopter crash

62-year-old dies in Putnam County crash

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SAN MATEO, Fla. – A gyrocopter crashed early Sunday in a rural part of northeast Florida, killing the pilot, a 62-year-old Lake Mary man, authorities said.

The pilot was the only person on the aircraft and died at the scene in a wooded area of Putnam County, according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The name of the man wasn’t released immediately.

Gyrocopters resemble small helicopters but they get propulsion from a rear propeller, allowing them to take off like planes.

Authorities said the cause of the crash isn’t immediately known.