PARKER COUNTY — A pilot was hospitalized after his experimental helicopter crashed in Parker County Saturday morning.
The gyroplane went down around 11:20 a.m. while performing touch-and-go maneuvers at Bourland Field Airport near Cresson, 17 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Rozzell investigating the crash said the 60-year-old pilot lost control in strong winds. No one else was on board.
The pilot was critically injured, but his condition was stabilized before being transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
The pilot's name was not released pending notification of his family.
Gyroplanes are a specially classified aircraft that use a rotary wing, similar to a helicopter. They fly safely at low altitudes and low speeds, but they can't hover as a helicopter can.