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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 flexwing hang glider wings are displayed below in summary form.

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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
08.09.2014 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
11 years

Montmin,
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
Hang glider pilot had mid-air collision with paraglider pilot while thermalling. Paraglider deployed parachute and landed in trees unhurt. Hang glider pilot was able to land safely.

Unhurt
16.08.2014 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
46 years
500 hours
(6 hours)



Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed LSD
Pilot rigged and checked glider. While waiting for conditions to improve pilot unzipped keel zip to lubricate the VG. Pilot then completed short top to bottom before realising he had not done up the zip again.

Unhurt
06.08.2014 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
(20 hours)

Chabre south,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2c

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to launch from a ramp in possible tail/side wind. Glider did not gain sufficient airspeed and subsequently stalled, hitting the hill to the side of the ramp.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.07.2014 Male

Age:
66

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
(1 hours)

Bell Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airborne
Sting 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot broke both uprights on landing.

Unhurt
27.07.2014 Male

Age:
48



Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was too high for landing approach having failed to execute simple turns during flight. Student landed crosswind in hedge and failed to let go of the uprights.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

23.07.2014 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
39 years
670 hours
(13 hours)

Bo-Peep, E Firle, Sussex,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airborne
C4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot overshot top landing and attempted to regain height but without success. Pilot made approach for bottom landing but with insufficient airspeed. wing was lifted by thermal and turned glider. Pilot got wings level but too low and landed heavily with speed. Glider nosed in.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

14.07.2014 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
49 years
(20 hours)

Mendlesham tow field,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Discus 15

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
6-8mph 45% cross wind landing, gust/thermal on touchdown, got turned downwind and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

05.07.2014 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
33 years
170 hours
(18 hours)

Woolacombe,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon 3 Tandem

Launch Type:
Foot
As wheels prepared to touch down on bottom landing, slight weight shift from passenger and pilot caused one wheel to touch on longer grass. Base bar caught thicker grass and instead of the wheels rolling glider suddenly stopped and nosed into ground.

Pilot:
Minor Injuries
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

Passenger:
Minor Injuries
23.03.2014 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
70 hours
(7 hours)

Devil's Dyke

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence,
Thundery
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airborne
Sting 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot caught hand on rear wires and failed to grasp upright resulting in pilot losing control in strengthening winds and entered steep turn. Pilot crashed and ended up on top of his glider.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
16.03.2014 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
None. Training - post EPC

Flying Experience:
11 years
1 hours
(1 hours)

Perran Sands,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
Student could not get glider turned into wind on final approach and crashed downwind into a caravan.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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