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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

Incident reports for all wing types are displayed below in summary form.

The BHPA incident reports database is fully searchable. To refine your search you can specify a particular wing type and select "or" or "and". For example, if you want to search for paraglider incidents at Hay Bluff, for best search results select paraglider from the drop down list and the "and" option.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 3169 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
07.05.2024 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
85 hours
(13 hours)

Babadag,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Rimo

Launch Type:
Foot
During an SIV manoeuvre with the accelerator system fully applied the top pulley of the speed system tore from its material connection to the front riser. The pilot landed without further incident.

Unhurt
04.05.2024 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
27 years
980 hours
(55 hours)

Talybont,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Photon

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot experienced a collapse of their paraglider on landing approach and landed on their harness airbag, injuring their wrist upon impact.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

04.05.2024 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
53 hours
(9 hours)

Newhaven,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot did not check the pins securing their emergency parachute as part of their pre-flight check. The emergency parachute dropped out of the harness during flight. The pilot landed without injury.

Unhurt
02.05.2024 Male

Age:
67

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
445 hours
(23 hours)

Sandsend,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence,
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Hook 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Having rounded a headland, the pilot experienced significant lee turbulence and sinking air which forced a beach landing. The pilot touched down in the sea but managed to land the paraglider on the beach away from the water.

Unhurt
01.05.2024 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years

Corndon,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Kode P

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot made excessively deep control inputs on their take-off run. The paraglider stalled and then surged, and the pilot fell face first onto the slope.

Seriously Injured,
Internal Injuries

28.04.2024 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
30 hours
(2 hours)

N/a,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Makalu 4
During the repack of the Emergency Parachute, the stitching on one side of the deployment handle was found to have frayed, requiring a repair. Harness: Skywalk Breeze.

Unhurt
27.04.2024 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
26 years
500 hours
(11 hours)

St Cyrus,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot experienced an asymmetric deflation in the final stage of landing, and landed heavily on their back. The pilot cited wind strength and possible turbulence as contributory factors.

Unhurt
27.04.2024 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
50 hours
(23 hours)

Tappeti,
Italy

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Epic 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot had the control handles around their wrists, but was not gripping the control handles in their hands. The pilot lost control of the paraglider during their forward launch.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

26.04.2024 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
34 years
350 hours
(25 hours)

Hill Farm, Dereham,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent,
Rain, Snow
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Photon

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in drizzly conditions and during the flight the drizzle increased. They applied full speed bar which they released at approx. 75ft agl. Their descent was almost vertical and they landed very hard. The pilot cited the wet wing as a factor; being at, or close to parachute stall in unaccelerated flight.

Unhurt
26.04.2024 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
21 years
160 hours
(23 hours)

Lewaigue,
Isle Of Man

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Vivo

Launch Type:
Foot
On top landing approach in moderately turbulent conditions, the pilot experienced an asymmetric collapse at 4 to 5m agl. They impacted the ground, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured
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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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