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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
19 Feb 2017 Male 49 Pilot Bagworth
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Viper 4

Engine:

Techno-fly
Nitro 200

Pilot had mid-air collision with a second pilot who had been 300m above but was in an uncontrolled spiral dive. The collision caused the pilot to spin, damaging his glider. The glider then collapsed but the pilot was able to recover and land safely. The second pilot continued to spiral until hitting the ground sustains fatal injuries.

Unhurt
19 Feb 2017 Male 0 Bagworth Park Farm
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Snake

Engine:

Techno Fly / Air Conception
Octagon 190

The pilot was seen to induce a spiral dive at about 1000ft above ground level, and maintained the spiral. At approx 300ft above ground level the pilot was seen to impact a second pilot and they rotated through 360 degrees before separating. The second landed safely and was uninjured (his wing was damaged). The first pilot continued his spiral to the ground and suffered fatal injuries..

Fatal
17 Feb 2017 Male 47 Pilot Whixhall
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
WASP
EOS100

The pilot started his engine an left it idling as it had a clutch, while he sorted out his wing. On returning to the engine the pilot held the frame with his right hand and picked up the throttle with his left. On picking up the throttle up he accidentally applied pressure, causing the motor to lurch forward unexpectedly. The pilots hand slipped off the frame and into the moving prop.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21 Jan 2017 Male 53 CP Local field
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Roadster 2
Parajet
Zenith

Pilot was making an approach to a familiar landing area but in an unfamiliar wind direction. Pilot turned through a break in the trees into direct sunlight then realised he was heading for high voltage power lines. The pilot applied power and pulled hard right tip steering line. The pilot avoided the power lines but the glider entered a spin resulting in a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured
21 Nov 2016 Male 35 AP Tap o' Noth - bottom landing
United Kingdom


Powered PG
Powered
Wing:

Engine:

Zenith

Shortly after take-off the pilot suffered a prop failure. With no apparent impact the prop was inspected and found to have delaminated.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
11 Nov 2016 Male 45 Pilot Power Waldringfield
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Niviuk
Dobermann 2
Polini
250

Pilot flew through turbulent air while practising a competition task. Glider suffered a collapse while travelling at approx 80kph and became cravatted. Pilot deployed emergency parachute and deployment bag damaged prop, but landed safely.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Oct 2016 Male 57 Pilot Power Private Field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Apco
Force 2

Engine:


Pilot stalled wing while turning against the torque at low level in attempt to avoid neighbours. Pilot managed to kill engine before heavy impact.

Minor Injuries
23 Oct 2016 Male 37 Pilling
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h

Powered PG
Foot
Jojo Wings
Instinct
Flymecc
LC

Pilot lost control of paramotor at low altitude.

Fatal
10 Oct 2016 Male 54 Pilot United Kingdom 15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Engine:

Air Conception
Ultra 130

Paramotor pilot posted Airprox having had an encounter with a biplane that appeared to be involved in a display with two balloons. Pilot did not realise the biplane was a full sized manned aircraft, having initially thought it was a drone.

Unhurt
27 Sep 2016 Male 0 CP Hill Bornos
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Engine:

Miniplane
Top 80

Student attempted initial launch run but stopped immediately due to strained calf.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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