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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 paraglider 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 2405 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
18.02.2024 Male

Age:
24

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years

Haig Pit,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
IOTA

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered sinking air whilst attempting to ridge soar and decided to fly to the take-off area. They lost altitude and prepared for a downwind side slope landing, resulting in a foot fracture on impact. Reflecting on the experience, the pilot highlighted that there had been a long period when they had not flown, and they chose to fly in lightweight trainers rather than their normal flying boots.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

12.02.2024 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
25 years
850 hours
(75 hours)

Dunstable,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in strong conditions. The wind speed increased during the flight and the pilot was blown back into an area of rotor despite attempting to descend with big ears and full speed bar applied. The pilot landed in a tree.

Unhurt
11.02.2024 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Unqualified

Flying Experience:
2 years
26 hours
(9 hours)

Nid d'Agile,
Morocco

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Echo

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot over-corrected a turn on top landing approach and landed heavily on one leg, sustaining minor injuries.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

10.02.2024 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
32 years
1800 hours
(25 hours)

Barton on Sea,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mantra 7

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring the sea front in light conditions at high tide. As the lift was diminishing they prepared for a bottom landing. They landed on a narrow strip of land available just above the beach to avoid the risk of the wing entering the sea. After landing, the pilot received assistance from the Coastguard to reach the cliff top.

Unhurt
01.02.2024 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
17 years
900 hours
(42 hours)

Los Tanques,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong,
Strong Turbulence,
Thundery
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Explorer 2

Launch Type:
Foot
During a competition flight the pilot encountered severe turbulence leading to an asymmetric collapse and subsequent spin. The pilot deployed their emergency parachute and landed in trees.

Unhurt
01.02.2024 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
17 years
1000 hours
(50 hours)

Roldanillo,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Photon

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot sustained minor injuries when deploying their emergency parachute as the bridle went under their arm. Upon landing they slid down a slope, sustaining further minor injuries.

Minor Injuries
31.01.2024 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
17 years
2000 hours
(100 hours)

Aquapanela,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Boomerang 12

Launch Type:
Foot
The speed system on one side of the paraglider had jammed, leading to a loss of control, accelerated spiral and riser twist. The pilot deployed their "Rogallo" type emergency parachute and experienced limited steering control due to the part of the paraglider still inflated. The paraglider contacted power lines and was damaged, however the pilot was not injured.

Unhurt
30.01.2024 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
29 years
2500 hours
(50 hours)

Ansermanuevo,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Very Strong Turbulence,
Thundery
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeno 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot suffered a large frontal collapse during a competition task, when flying fully accelerated (full bar). The paraglider entered a spiral dive and the pilot deployed their first emergency parachute. They deployed a second emergency parachute to stabilise their penduluming descent caused by the paraglider which was partially inflated.

Unhurt
29.01.2024 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years
725 hours
(62 hours)

Aguapanela,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying on full speed bar and experienced a large collapse leading to a cravatte and twisted risers. They were unable to recover to normal flight and deployed their emergency parachute.

Unhurt
26.01.2024 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
23 years
2000 hours
(150 hours)

Aquapanelas,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Ice Peak X-One

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was undertaking a competition training flight. The paraglider suffered a cravat and entered a spin in strong turbulence. The pilot was unable to regain control and deployed their emergency parachute. They collided with a tree on landing and sustained minor injuries.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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