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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 flexwing hang glider wings 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 406 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
17.04.2015 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
48 years
3500 hours
(50 hours)

Beadlam Rigg

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
U2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made final approach with insufficient airspeed. Landed heavily.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.02.2015 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
1067 hours
(14 hours)

Dunstable Downs,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
COMBAT

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach and was caught out by wind shear. Pilot decided to drag feet in an attempt to slow down, rather than overshoot, but ended up heading for a large hole. Pilot pushed out and stalled, landing heavily on uprights.

Unhurt
25.02.2015 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
5000 hours
(100 hours)

El Penon,
Mexico

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed RX

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off without closing leg loops. Pilot was able to close harness and fly until landing conditions at bottom landing field became mild. Hang position meant pilot could not execute a controlled landing. pilot nosed in but without damage to glider or injury to himself.

Unhurt
17.02.2015 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
29 years

Devils dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes


Launch Type:
Foot
While flying into wind above the top of the hill and slightly behind a run-down building, the pilot swooped down behind the building, peaking just before the front edge of the building. At this point he turned, clipping the left wing tip on the building which sent him face first into the ground.

Minor Injuries
03.02.2015 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
40 years
5000 hours
(100 hours)

El Penon,
Mexico

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot deployed 'drag chute' which became entangled in unzip string. Drag chute and unzip string were located on the same side of the harness.

Unhurt
28.01.2015 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
1 hours
(1 hours)

Mirador,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot stalled glider on landing approach.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

24.01.2015 Female

Age:
54

Rating:
CPC HG Pilot PG

Flying Experience:
18 years
75 hours
(8 hours)

St Agnes Head,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2 135

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by heavy wind gradient at 10 feet above ground. Glider dived to gain airspeed resulting in heavy landing. Pilot did not let go of upright quickly enough resulting in injury.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29.12.2014 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
35 years
1061 hours
(23 hours)

Herne Bay,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Solar Wings
Rumour 1

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to take off in turbulent air and was unable to gain enough airspeed to become properly airborne. Glider became caught on bushes and crashed down a small cliff.

Minor Injuries
20.12.2014 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
P



Perranporth,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Talon

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was too slow on approach causing the glider to drop a wing. Pilot lost control of the glider while attempting to correct the turn. Landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
28.10.2014 Age:
49

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
26 years
1000 hours
(50 hours)

Famara,
Spain
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Discuc c

Launch Type:
Foot
While holding the front wires under tension during a pre-flight check, the pilot noticed the rear wire snap at the end of the swage coming out of the keel. The pilot suspects that where the wire comes through the keel there is not enough clearance and no protection for the single wire coming out. While the glider is parked and the wind moves the glider it has slowly cut through the wire.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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