The pilot made an approach to Runway 09 at Gloucester Airport in good weather conditions, with the wind from 060M at 5 kt. As he flared for landing, the pilot felt the aircraft lift slightly and yaw to the left, causing him to apply right rudder to counteract the yaw. He described the resulting touchdown as “harder than intended”, following which the aircraft’s heading was 20 to the left of the runway. The pilot applied the brakes but aircraft continued to turn left, resulting in an excursion to the left side of the runway and collision with a PAPI indicator.
The pilot considered that as he was applying right rudder at touchdown, he may not have had time to move his right foot onto the right toe brake, resulting in only the left brake being applied during the landing roll.
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Published 11 October 2018