Gemini Flash IIA, G-MVPI
The student, who had recently purchased the aircraft, was undergoing training in Gemini Flash operation with an experienced instructor. After a “well flown circuit and good landing” on Runway 09, the student, who was handling the aircraft, lost control of ground steering during the ground roll and the aircraft veered to the right and started to tip over. The instructor was unable to intervene because G-MVPI did not have dual control of the nosewheel steering and the aircraft rolled onto its side at about 10 mph.
The instructor instinctively extended an arm outside the open cockpit as the aircraft rolled over and suffered a broken arm and wrist. The student was uninjured. The instructor was of the opinion that the student, who was used to later models of trikes fitted with ‘self centring’ steering, may have been unfamiliar with the steering characteristics of G-MVPI, which was an early model without this feature. He also believed that dual steering controls might have prevented the accident.
Published 10 December 2014