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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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 3108 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
20.09.2023 Female

Age:
40

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
2 hours
(2 hours)

Le Chabre,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 7

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not notice during checks that speed bar line was caught in right leg strap. Pilot had to fly with full brake to keep control. On approach glider had asymmetric collapse then spin and stall. Pilot landed in pine trees.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

16.09.2023 Female

Age:
64

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
17 hours
(9 hours)

Col de la Forclaz,
France

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Eazy 2 SL

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach having not factored in the valley wind and having taken a different approach path. Pilot landed short of the emergency landing area in the lake.

Unhurt
16.09.2023 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
40 hours
(5 hours)

High and Over,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot applied too much brake on landing in breezy conditions Pilot was lifted and blown back into a fence before landing heavily on the ground.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14.09.2023 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
500 hours
(50 hours)

Chabre lower south,
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off and immediately encountered strong lift. Pilot lost control and crashed heavily on the side of the hill.

Seriously Injured
13.09.2023 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years

Sopot BG,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Adam

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had heavy top landing while thermalling in mountains.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

13.09.2023 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
19 years
803 hours
(19 hours)

Sopot,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height on approach and encountered stronger than expected head wind. Pilot landed short of intended landing area and stuck an exposed rocky slope.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

11.09.2023 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
17 years
280 hours
(4 hours)

Sopot,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height while ridge soaring mountain. Pilot ran out of safe landing options and landed crosswind in bushes.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

10.09.2023 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years
552 hours

Newhaven,
UK

Wind Strength:
+45 km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by increasing wind and was blown back on full bar. Pilot landed going backwards on concrete area of beach and was dragged.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

08.09.2023 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
NPPL microlight. BHPA Club Pilot + hill, power rating, senior coach, microlight permit.

Flying Experience:
35 years
325 hours
(7 hours)

Take off from Rossall Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
BIERINX J AND DUGOURD M
POU DU CIEL - BIFLY

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Rotax,
447
Pilot suffered engine out on approach and had to make an emergency landing in alternative field. 30cm grass caught on wheels causing the aircraft to flip upside down.

Pilot:
Minor Injuries
Pelvis

Passenger:
Pelvis

06.09.2023 Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
38 hours
(11 hours)

North Luffenham,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Muse5

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot could not activate Gin tow release on reaching top of tow. Pilot was instructed to lay line down in fig 8 but accidentally went too far and began to down plane. Operator cut line and normal flight was resumed. No fault could be found on the release mechanism.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 30 November 2023

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