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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.

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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
24.09.2022 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
26 years
3000 hours
(65 hours)

Babadag 1700,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
777
Queen 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot reversed launched and on turning to face forwards encountered a dust devil. Pilot was lifted up and spun round before being dragged across the take-off area.

Unhurt
21.09.2022 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
37 years
2000 hours
(4 hours)

Ager Montsec,
Spain

Wind Strength:
35-40 km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
U2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was assisted towards launch by another experienced pilot. A thermal was blowing through and so a third pilot held the left wing wire from behind. Hang check was performed. Pilot lifted the A frame and was assessing conditions when the lower front wires came away from the nose ripping out of the assistants fingers. The pilot and wing were lifted backwards, 2-3 m into the air. The assistant on the left side wire was able to hold on and so the glider slewed around and came down sideways to the wind. The pilot landed on feet. The lower front wires keyhole tang nose catch had somehow disconnected itself.

Unhurt
20.09.2022 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
8 years
330 hours
(30 hours)

Kronplatz,
Italy

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Strong Turbulence,
Foehn
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage RS 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched with a group, 3 wings in front had good glide, as did the 1 behind. Pilot launched into sinking air and impacted slope heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

20.09.2022 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
43 years
2000 hours
(60 hours)

Pena Negra,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Artik 4

Launch Type:
Foot
While thermalling, pilot noticed left stabilo line had snapped. Having replaced the line pilot noticed that while thermalling to the right, in turbulent conditions, he had a tendency to push the left brake handle forward. This resulted in the brake line and stabilo line rubbing against each other.

Unhurt
16.09.2022

N/A,
UK
Other During repack, licensed packer noticed that the bridle had been removed from the parachute. The lines were connected directly to a maillon rapide. Problem had not been picked up on two previous repacks.

12.09.2022 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
56 hours
(5 hours)

Levante SE landing field,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Axis
Pluto 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot released big ears and gave two deep hard pumps on both brakes to attempt to clear the ears. The glider entered a stall and the pilot put hands up resulting in an immediate surge forward resulting in frontal collapse and rapid height loss.

Seriously Injured
11.09.2022 Male

Age:
70

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
11 years
24 hours
(2 hours)

Plaine Joux,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off but had not fastened his leg loops. Pilot steered towards the trees with difficulty. Pilot crashed into trees and fell to the ground.

Seriously Injured
11.09.2022 Female

Age:
48

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
25 years
70 hours
(20 hours)

Rutland,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 9

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot was unable to release Gin tow bridal from winch line as the locking pin was inserted too far into the loop of the three ring circus. With the loop going over the eye of the locking pin. Winch operator cut line and pilot eventually 'S' turned down to land.

Unhurt
10.09.2022 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
20 years
210 hours
(10 hours)

KittyHawk Aerodrome,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airbourne
Sting 3

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Tug suffered engine-out during aerotow. Tug released line to hang glider pilot who was initially unable to make a release due to lack of tension. Pilot held the line in his teeth to create tension and was then able to release the line. Further inspection showed the line caught in the open shackle due to it being aligned in the opposite direction to when being towed.

Unhurt
09.09.2022 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
40 years
669 hours
(8 hours)

Llangollen,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Moderate Turbulence,
Thundery
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off in 30 degree crosswind in windy and thermic conditions. Pilot turned left into the wind but encountered turbulent, lifting and sinking air. Pilot was unable to turn right, despite weight shift, before impacting the slope.

Seriously Injured,
Cervical Spine

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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