Pegasus Quantum 15, G-MYRM
The aircraft departed from Perranporth, Cornwall intending to fly along the coast to Lands End. The weather conditions were good with a light south-westerly wind. Whilst flying at approximately cliff-top height over a deserted beach, the aircraft suddenly rolled to the right and it required full movement of the control bar to return the aircraft to a wings level attitude. The pilot was concerned by this sudden and unexpected departure from level flight and elected to make a precautionary landing to check that there was no fault with his aircraft. He identified an area on the deserted beach, near the waters edge, that looked suitable and flew an uneventful approach to the beach. When the aircraft landed, the nose wheel dug into soft sand and the aircraft flipped over before stopping. The nose cone and wing were damaged but both the aircraft’s occupants were uninjured and they vacated the aircraft. There was no fire. The pilot later considered that the most likely reason for the unexplained roll to the right was air turbulence.
Pegasus Quantum 15, G-MYRM 10-10.pdf (241.56 kb)
Date of occurrence: 2 July 2010