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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
25.05.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
220 hours
(14 hours)

Rushup,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Argos

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level while thermalling. Pilot impacted slope heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Thoracic Spine

25.05.2017 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
21 years
300 hours
(12 hours)

Rufforth Gliding Club,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
PARAMANIA
Gtx
Pilot stalled at low level having encountered sinking air. Pilot defended vertically and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

25.05.2017 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
30 years
200 hours
(10 hours)

Meall a Bhuachaille,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot twisted leg while doing fast slope landing causing spiral fracture to leg.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

25.05.2017 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
30 hours

Tan Hill, Wiltshire,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot became boxed in while ridge soaring in breezy conditions. Wing tips touched with other glider but all landed safely.

Unhurt
25.05.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years

Rushup Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse shortly after take-off and lost control of his glider. Pilot struck the slope heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

24.05.2017 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
44 years
655 hours
(42 hours)

Woldingham,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills wing
Eagle

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Wasp,
Wasp
Pilot stalled on take-off.

Pilot:
Seriously Injured
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

Passenger:
Unhurt
24.05.2017 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
2 hours
(1 hours)

Challow Paramotor Club,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot went off line during powered launch and collided with a fence.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

24.05.2017 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
CP



Challow Paramotor Club,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot attempted to launch but did not get airborne before running into a fence.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

23.05.2017 Male

Age:
66

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
15 years
350 hours
(10 hours)

Llangollen,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Aspen 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot decided to top land in conditions where the wind was switching around causing occasional turbulence. Pilot suffered low level asymmetric collapse and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21.05.2017 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
20 years
450 hours
(20 hours)

Milk Hill White Horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Knot attaching the control handle to the brake line became detached during inflation. Pilot fell while trying to control wing as it was blown across the slope. Glider had recently been serviced and the control lines adjusted.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 1 December 2023

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