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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
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
21 years
600 hours
(10 hours)

Holme Moss,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 6 light

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider in thermic conditions, leading to a spin and collision with the hillside.

Minor Injuries
19.06.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
28 years
600 hours
(10 hours)

Moel Berfedd,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot
No details available

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
17.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
19 years
107 hours
(5 hours)

Altes Lager Airfield,
Germany

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Dena

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The pilot was aware of fraying speedbar wire in flight. After landing, an inspection revealed that several metal wire strands had broken where the wire stirrup and speedbar line attachment meets the aluminium bar.

Unhurt
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
5 years
40 hours
(25 hours)

Eyam Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus RS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring in thermic conditions and experienced a large asymmetric collapse close to the hill. The pilot was seen to be making control inputs in an attempt to recover to normal flight, but was unable to recover before impacting the hill.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15.06.2021 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
13 years
210 hours
(20 hours)

Nant-Y-Moel,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi-Beta 6

Launch Type:
Foot
During a tandem launch the Advance Hybrid hard spreader rotated around its in-built carbon bar and locked in this position when under the load of the pilot and passenger. The pilot landed without incident.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
39 years
1000 hours
(19 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A-I-R
VR

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Immediately prior to the aerotow commencing the conditions were nil wind. When "all out" was called, the left wing rose first and continued to rise out of the trolley, caught by a sudden crosswind. The right wingtip came into contact with long grass, turning the glider and trolley. The weak link broke, but the glider had left the runway and stopped nose down in crops.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
22 years
1500 hours
(20 hours)

Telegraph Hill,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
X Alps 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot became aware during flight that a hook knife had been left inside the paraglider. The pilot landed without incident. Upon inspection it was found that the hook knife had caused damage to the wing's internal structure.

Unhurt
12.06.2021 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
11 years
228 hours
(20 hours)

Hay Bluff,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
During take-off, the pilot's foot caught a line of another paraglider on the ground. The other pilot managed to untangle the line and the launch was then able to proceed.

Unhurt
12.06.2021 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
30 years
1200 hours
(40 hours)

Brecon Beacons,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse having encountered sever turbulence. Due to low altitude pilot deployed emergency parachute. Pilot landed on hillside without injury.

Unhurt
09.06.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P



Milk Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was seen to induce a spin at between 50 to 100ft above takeoff. The pilot then made a subsequent control input, stalling the glider to the ground.

Seriously Injured,
Thoracic Spine

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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