A single seat gyrocopter crashed near Smith Beach Road west of Eastville at approximately 3:10 pm Sunday. The pilot identified as 67 year old, Barry Y. Maggio from Massachusetts survived the crash and according to unofficial reports sustained a broken arm. He was taken to Senatara Virginia Beach Hospital in Virginia Beach for treatment. Units from Painter, Exmore, Northampton, Eastville and Cape Charles were originally dispatched to the scene.
Reports from the scene indicate that the aircraft was experiencing engine trouble and clipped a power line before crashing into a grassy area at Smith’s Beach.
Smith Beach residents describe what they saw and heard: