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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 3169 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
25.03.2022 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
48 years
10000 hours
(4 hours)

Mercury,
UK
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A.I.R
VR
While making a landing approach having been scratching below hill height, pilot cleared main power lines but did not see spur line. Pilot suspects wing glanced power line causing a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured
25.03.2022 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
40 hours
(20 hours)

Rush Up,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot whilst completing a 360 exited and re-entered a thermal. Upon re-entering the left wing tip lost pressure and a spin was induced, contributing factor was likely too much brake applied during the turn. Wing re-inflated, dived and the pilot regained control and slope landed.

Unhurt
25.03.2022

Whitewool,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Launch Type:
Foot
Five pilots were blown back over over a road to land in a field behind the site. the most extreme was over 300m back from the site. Pilots had been seen to not be penetrating wery much 30 mins earlier. There was a mix of wings flying from red-ribbon to EN D pilots.

Unhurt
24.03.2022 Age:
49

Flying Experience:
10 years
150 hours
(1 hours)

Blorenge,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Launch Type:
Foot
While ground handling pilot noticed that a speed bar line was looped through the emergency parachute deployment handle. This was recite prior to flight.

Unhurt
23.03.2022 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
200 hours
(2 hours)

Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 8

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot made low turn into finals resulting in a low spin and got foot caught in soft ground.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

21.03.2022 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years
200 hours
(5 hours)

Hole of Horcum,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz z6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot caught foot on uneven ground while collapsing wing fracturing ankle.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

17.03.2022 Female

Age:
60

Rating:
AP



Eype,
UK

Wind Strength:
35-40 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeolite

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was attempting to beach land in strong conditions due to increasing winds. Pilot was applying heavy brakes in order to descend but stalled one wing leading to a spin and a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

15.03.2022 Male

Age:
75

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
27 years
1075 hours
(15 hours)

Trefor Rocks,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base Lite

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered low level asymmetric collapse having experienced a sudden change in wind speed.

Seriously Injured
15.03.2022 Male

Rating:
CP



Bunster Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin


Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had previously had heavy seated landing. Pilot walked towards glider unaware that his emergency parachute had fallen out. Pilot was lifted off the ground but descended gently.

Unhurt
15.03.2022 Female

Age:
62

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
45 years
7000 hours
(15 hours)

Rush Up,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot initiated reverse launch using inner “A” risers. On inflation, glove & brake line became trapped in the riser. Pilot took off facing backwards, having removed hand from the glove. The trapped brake line caused substantial sideways travel, towards the hill. Pilot managed to free the brake line by grabbing the glove with both hands and using full force to remove it, together with the brake line, from the riser.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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