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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 3175 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
18.10.2018 Male

Age:
43

Flying Experience:
10 years
35 hours
(3 hours)

Col de la Forclaz,
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
ICARO
Cyber 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider pilot while thermalling. Other pilot was flying soaring beats. Both pilots landed in trees in front of take-off uninjured.

Minor Injuries
05.10.2018 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
10 years
165 hours
(25 hours)

Lavante launch,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Hook 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot reverse launched successfully but was then lifted by a gust and pushed back over launch. Pilot collided with a rigged hang glider.

Unhurt
03.10.2018 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
7 hours
(7 hours)

Westbury White Horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched but was unable to penetrate into wind. Pilot landed but stumbled and was dragged into a bench at the top of the hill.

Minor Injuries
30.09.2018 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years

Devils Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Unknown


Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider. Pilot's wing collapsed and he landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
29.09.2018 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
23 hours
(23 hours)

High & Over,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot crashed in rotor turbulence behind the ridge.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

25.09.2018 Male

Age:
65

Flying Experience:
6 years

Longstone Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Macpara
Muse 1

Launch Type:
Foot
Student tripped while running after a forward launch.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

25.09.2018 Male

Age:
67

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
25 years
111 hours
(10 hours)

Beer Head,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion4

Launch Type:
Foot
In decreasing winds the pilot lost too much height to top land resulting in a downwind slope landing. Pilot attempted to run off speed but stumbled.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

24.09.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
157 hours

Saint Vincent,
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched with slow airspeed and glider suffered a large asymmetric collapse. Pilot fell 20ft to road below take-off.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

24.09.2018 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
39 years
2000 hours
(20 hours)

Dungiven west,
UK
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Icaro 2000
Laminar 2000

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot successfully deployed drogue, attached to left shoulder strap, for a downslope landing. Pilot found glider impossible to turn and crashed onto a road having flown under telephone lines and over a hedge.

Minor Injuries
24.09.2018 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
625 hours
(40 hours)

Chalvet west,
France

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Yeti 4

Launch Type:
Foot
On launching the right leg strap buckle became undone and pilot could not refasten it inflight. Pilot decided to land immediately. On inspection of the flat plate buckle pilot decided it had not been correctly fastened and had not been noticed due to insufficient pre-flight check.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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