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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
1 Aug 2018 Male 37 CP Ringstead
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Hook 2
?
?

Pilot lost balance and fell while turning to face glider.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

31 Jul 2018 Male 0 Ringstead
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
ICARO
Laminar

Pilot landed cross-wind and slightly banked. Heavy landing broke carbon fibre base bar.

Unhurt
30 Jul 2018 Male 65 CP Annecy - Roche Rouge
France
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while thermal soaring. The gliders became tangled and the other pilot deployed his parachute. The gliders then separated and the pilot was able to land his glider in the landing field. The other pilot landed in trees under his parachute.

Unhurt
26 Jul 2018 Male 48 CP Trainion St Geniez
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Atlas

Pilot was ridge soaring with two other pilots when after some 20 minutes of normal flight his glider suffered a collapse, which resulted in a rapid spinning descent to the ground.

Fatal
24 Jul 2018 Male 28 Pilot Mont Avena
Italy
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Onone
Enzo 2

Pilot took off with difficulty then flew out towards an area with minor turbulence, close to the launch. Pilot then suffered a frontal collapse and was unable to recover before impacting the slope.

Seriously Injured
23 Jul 2018 Male 66 Thurnham
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot flew in front of a pair of trees on the slope in order to scratch lift as conditions momentarily lightened. Right wing tip caught uppermost branch of second tree. Too close in slightly turbulent air. Snared wingtip caused glider to spin near the ground.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

22 Jul 2018 Male 0 CP Rhossili
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Vibe

Pilot clipped the side of the hill while ridge soaring. This spun the glider round, locking off the controls. The glider then turned into the hill at speed.

Seriously Injured
21 Jul 2018 Male 19 CP Mt Caburn
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown
Unknown

Pilot turned sharply and dived into the hill (hit side of slope) with speed.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18 Jul 2018 Male 55 AP Egerton
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Other
Powered
Wing:
Cyclone Airsports
Chaser S

Engine:

Rotax
447

Pilot landed microlight safely but caught foot on throttle while correcting a turn. Relaxing the pressure caused the course to deviate again, and the resulting attempts to manage both throttle and steering caused an oscillation, which led to the aircraft turning over onto its side. Pilot was able to release seat belt and exit aircraft with no injury.

Unhurt
18 Jul 2018 Male 50 Pilot Milk Hill
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Spice

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and spin while trying to thermal tightly at low level. Pilot could not regain control before impacting the hill.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 20 August 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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