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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
12 Feb 2018 Male 46 Pilot Haresfield
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Summit XC

Wind increased while pilot was flying to point where he could not penetrate with full bar. Pilot applied big ears but made no forward progress. Pilot steered backwards and landed in trees. Pilot waited for assistance and was then able to climb down.

Unhurt
4 Feb 2018 Male 58 Pilot Carrock Fell
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was using "Wind Riders" hand warmers while flying. Pilot applied 'big ears' to give separation from a higher pilot before landing. On releasing the big ears and attempting to make a landing approach, the pilot found that his brake pulleys had become jammed in the fabric of the Wind Riders. Pilot landed hard in a sharp turn but was uninjured.

Unhurt
4 Feb 2018 Male 56 CP United Kingdom 10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion3
Verso
2

After preparing for flight and having completed pre-flight checks, pilot decided to change launch point. Pilot unclipped leg straps to make walking easier. Pilot did not carry out full pre-flight check and took off with leg straps undone. Pilot was unable to get into seat but was able to land due to vertical safety strap.

Unhurt
30 Jan 2018 Male 48 Pilot Haresfield
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot caught wingtip in trees while ridge soaring but was able to turn away and land safely. Glider suffered broken lines at the top of the 'B' cascade at the wing tip.

Unhurt
26 Jan 2018 Female 50 AP Uffington White Horse
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot had been dragged on previous landing and failed to notice emergency parachute handle had become detached. Pilot was attempting to launch again but was stopped by a pilot who had noticed the parachute handle was not attached.

Unhurt
24 Jan 2018 Female 33 La Paca
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Student has asymmetric collapse while ridge soaring. Glider caught tree and swung student into hillside.

Seriously Injured
23 Jan 2018 Male 44 CP Mirador del Rio
Spain
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Aircross
U Prime 2

Pilot took off from lower launch and gradually gained height. Was too close to ridge and failed to note the increase in wind strength with height. Caught in venturi at top of the ridge and crashed (the crash was not witnessed).

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14 Jan 2018 Male 45 Pilot BFR, Rivermead leisure centre
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila 4

During Big Fat Repack pilot threw parachute while on the zip line. Parachute became snagged in the retrieve line suffering minor damage.

Unhurt
14 Jan 2018 Male 52 CP Hope Cove
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
Pollini
Thor130

On making his approach to land the pilot entered rotor turbulence caused by nearby cliffs. Wind had changed direction in the hour since the pilot took off.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

7 Jan 2018 Male 64 CP Bulgham bay
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot made incorrect approach and did not have enough height to turn into wind on landing.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 24 February 2018 at 04:30:10 AM

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