Two dead after ‘homemade helicopter’ crashes and bursts into flames in Florida

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TWO people have died after a homemade gyrocopter crashed and caught fire.

Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook told reporters that right after 10am on Saturday a crash occurred in a private field near the Melrose, Florida, area.

She said the pilot heroically diverted the aircraft to prevent it from crashing into a barn or house.

The copter was “badly mangled and badly burned,” she said.

Upon impact, the homemade helicopter burst into flames. However, it was later put out.

Both of the victims were in the helicopter when the crash happened.

Eyewitness Alexis Kelly told News4Jax she saw the crash happen.

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