Pegasus Quantum 15, G-MZJN
Following a standard join and circuit for Runway 19, a glide approach was set up. The instructor reported that his student pilot under instruction initiated the flare, but there was no consequent reduction in the aircraft’s rate of descent. Despite pitching up further, and applying full power, the aircraft continued to descend and made heavy contact with the ground, damaging the nose section of the trike unit. The wind at the time was reported as east-southeast at 5 to 7 kt, which placed the touchdown point on the runway downwind of adjacent farm buildings and a small copse. The instructor attributed the heavy landing to severe turbulence at low level.
Published 10 December 2014