Pilot injured when gyrocopter hard lands at Tacoma Narrows Airport

VIDEO: Gyrocopter crashes at Tacoma Narrows Airport

Something that was supposed to go up in the air didn't get far off the runway Saturday.

A gyrocopter — part airplane, part helicopter — hard-landed at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor.

The male pilot had a few abrasions, according to Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer. A female passenger was uninjured.

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Gyrocopters, also called gyroplanes, have a large helicopter-like blade on top and a smaller push propeller on back of the craft. They are usually experimental and often home-built.

Gyrocopters made news in April 2015 when mailman Douglas Hughes flew one from Pennsylvania to the national mall in Washington, D.C. He landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, making national news and raising the blood pressure of those who provide security in the capital's no-fly zone.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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