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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
28 Nov 2018 Male 30 Pilot Toripane
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Blacklight 2

Pilot took off with knot in lines having failed to carry out proper pre-flight check due to busy launch. Pilot corrected course but released brakes due to slow airspeed. Glider spun and pilot landed heavily on mountainside.

Minor Injuries:
Internal Injuries

18 Nov 2018 Male 59 Babadag
Turkey
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 3

Glider overshot on launch inducing asymmetric collapse. Pilot continued to launch and the glider re-inflated with a small cravat. Pilot fell off the front of take-off inducing a 70% asymmetric collapse, which did not recover. The pilot managed to control his heading until the glider recovered and the pilot flew away safely.

Unhurt
16 Nov 2018 Male 37 Quattro Mojones
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Atom 3

Student drifted crosswind on launch and did not correct the drift. Student crashed into the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

6 Nov 2018 Male 30 Training slope
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
ICARO
Pica

Student on day 5 of a beginner course making small top to bottom flights. Flared on landing a little late, landed hard and sprained his ankle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

5 Nov 2018 Male 30 Training slope
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
ICARO
Pica

Student released brakes too soon on take-off and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

28 Oct 2018 Male 63 Pilot Bir
India
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Punk

Pilot was caught in turbulence while ridge soaring. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse then cascade. Pilot deployed parachute, which did not fully deploy. Pilot landed through trees, avoiding serious injury.

Unhurt
24 Oct 2018 Male 54 AP Hay Bluff NW
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

While soaring in "top-end" wind conditions the pilot discovered he had routed his two buckle harness and leg straps through his speed bar foot loop. This rendered the speed system inoperable.

Unhurt
24 Oct 2018 Male 0 Hay Bluff
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

During reverse ground handling training, the student pilot released the brakes during the "wall building" stage. The glider then inflated right wing tip first and quickly rose up and to the student's right hand side, pulling him onto his side.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

20 Oct 2018 Male 50 Club Pilot NHGPC
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Swing
Arcus

Pilot spun glider having taken a wrap and induced a turn. Glider then entered cascade, which was not controlled by the pilot. Pilot deployed parachute but at too low an altitude for it to be effective.

Unhurt
18 Oct 2018 Male 43 Col de la Forclaz
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
ICARO
Cyber 4

Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider pilot while thermalling. Other pilot was flying soaring beats. Both pilots landed in trees in front of take-off uninjured.

Minor Injuries
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 12 December 2018 at 05:45:09 AM

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