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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 other 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 25 entries for other wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
19.09.2015 Female

Rating:
Trainee

Flying Experience:
9 years

City Airport & Heliport Manchester,
UK
Other

Wing:
Waterbird
M

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
At some point between a first and second flight one of the harness connectors had become detached. On laughing the pilot went off to one side and the launch was aborted. Pilot landed heavily from 3m.

Minor Injuries,
Thoracic Spine

24.07.2013 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
26 years
1000 hours

Sywell Aerodrome,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Airglow
Human Powered

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launch aircraft but it went off line despite rudder input from pilot. Aircraft struck parked light aircraft but no damage caused. Slight damage to Airglow craft.

Unhurt
13.07.2013 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
15 years
100 hours

Chetwynd,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Other

Wing:
Harley
280E

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot began landing flare too high and glider stalled dumping pilot on his back.

Minor Injuries,
Lumbar Spine

13.07.2013 Male

Age:
36

Flying Experience:
18 years

North Luffenham Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Other

Wing:
Ascent International
Waterbird
One of the ground crew was knocked over unconscious as the canopy came up off the ground.

Minor Injuries
14.07.2012 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
45 years
3000 hours

Lasham,
UK
Other

Wing:
Barford
Betterfly

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Brooks,
William
During 'human powered' flight, joystick assembly became detached. Aircraft crash from 2m.

Unhurt
Go to: Incident Reports (formal investigations)
Go to: Annual Incident Analysis Reports
Last updated: 12 June 2024

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