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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
29.04.2018 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
15 years
200 hours

MAPPLETON,
UK

Wind Strength:
35-40 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
OMEGA

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was pulled over as wing rotated while attempting to launch in strong wind.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29.04.2018 Male

Age:
43

Flying Experience:
14 years
400 hours
(60 hours)

Dune de Pyla,
France

Wind Strength:
40-45 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Freestyle 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged spiral dive on unfamiliar glider losing more height than anticipated. Pilot impacted sand dune at speed.

Seriously Injured,
Cervical Spine

29.04.2018 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
8 hours
(8 hours)

Ben Rinnes,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Low airtime pilot attempted to make a top landing but had insufficient height. This resulted in the pilot crash landing cross-slope.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

28.04.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
100 hours
(30 hours)

Rhiw Wen,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had been flying by himself while waiting for a friend to arrive. Pilot was found in a dazed state with no recollection of having had an incident.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

24.04.2018 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years

Rushup Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Hook 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Glider went offline during reverse launch and the pilot stumbled. He was then dragged downing into rocks.

Seriously Injured
22.04.2018 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
33 years

Compton Bowl,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Tala

Launch Type:
Foot
After take off the pilot attempted to work a small thermal turning left too slowly. The glider had a small wing-tip collapse and the pilot over compensated causing the wing to spin then stall resulting in a free fall of about 20ft to the ridge.

Seriously Injured,
Internal Injuries

22.04.2018 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
26 years
600 hours
(18 hours)

Freathy,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Cayenne 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot stalled glider attempting to make a beach landing in fluctuating winds.

Seriously Injured
22.04.2018 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
18 hours

Babadag 1200m.,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot shout launching and began his launch diagonally across the take-off into wind. A Turkish tandem pilot then shouted 'take-off' and launched from approx 30m behind the first pilot. The first pilot aborted his launch but the tandem pilot and passenger flew into his inflated glider. The momentum pulled the first pilot off the take-off and into boulders.

Seriously Injured
21.04.2018 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
10 hours
(5 hours)

Rushup,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Fly

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot crashed while ridge soaring, possibly due to turbulence from trees on the site.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21.04.2018 Female

Age:
40

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
1200 hours
(100 hours)

High & Over,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Magnum

Launch Type:
Foot
Passenger twisted ankle during light wind tandem landing.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 1 December 2023

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