Updated: September 10, 2012 4:04PM
A man is in critical condition after a gyrocopter crashed Monday at an airport in south suburban Lansing.
A gyrocopter took off from the runway and crashed at 11:30 a.m. at the Lansing Municipal Airport in the 3300 block of Glenwood Lansing Road, according to Illinois State Police.
“It hit hard,” Lansing Fire Dept. Lt. Pete Chmura said of the crash.
The pilot died after being taken in critical condition to Munster Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., according to state police.
A second gyrocopter was following the first on the runway for takeoff and called emergency officials about the crash, Chmura said.
Both were members of a gyrocopter club that operates at the airport, Chmura said. A gyrocopter or autogyro is a small craft that uses a rotor similar to a helicopter for lift, in conjunction with a propeller used for thrust.