Pegasus Quik, G-CEVG
The aircraft was landing on grass Runway 27L after an uneventful local flight. The weather was good, with the wind from 250° at 11 kt but reported as “gusty”. The final approach had gone smoothly but, as the pilot flared the aircraft for touchdown, a gust of wind blew it to the right and the left mainwheel made premature contact with the ground. The aircraft bounced and the pilot found that he could not level its attitude or climb away. The aircraft struck the ground on its right side in a nose-low attitude, causing damage to the nose and right main landing gears. It skidded to a halt on its right side, destroying the propeller blades and causing the engine to overspeed, because the pilot could not change the throttle setting or reach the magneto switches. The engine eventually stopped and although a considerable quantity of smoke was generated by oil leaking onto the hot exhaust, there was no fire. The emergency services attended and the occupants were helped from the wreckage. The pilot sustained minor injuries.
The pilot considered that the accident was the result of the gust of wind just as he was about to touch down.
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