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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
24.01.2024

None,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Rise 4
Service Centre reported significant wear and tears in the leading edge material of the paraglider over the leading edge rods.

Unhurt
24.01.2024 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
680 hours
(65 hours)

Aguapanela,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot attempted to use their cockpit mounted XC stylus/pencil whilst in flight, and noted that its lanyard had looped around the deployment handle of their front-mounted emergency parachute, and then around itself - potentially tethering their deployment handle to the cockpit. The pilot was able to untangle the stylus lanyard from their parachute handle whilst airborne.

Unhurt
06.01.2024 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
35 years
300 hours
(5 hours)

Selsley,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
When performing a slope landing approach the pilot was not able to complete their turn into wind before striking the ground hard, causing injury. Amongst contributory factors, the pilot cited a lack of currency and a waterlogged bottom landing area that encouraged their slope landing attempt.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

06.01.2024 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
3 years
55 hours
(13 hours)

Whitesheet,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Blacklight 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot undertook a top to bottom flight, flying into a landing field for the first time. They had not visited the landing area to assess it. The pilot misjudged their approach and slowed their paraglider down significantly in an attempt to avoid a house on their line of approach. The pilot's outstretched left arm contacted a raised area of ground, causing injury.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

26.12.2023 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
35 years
(16 hours)

Dunstable Downs,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot felt the paraglider lose pressure during a launch on a steep section of slope in light wind. They attempted to abort the launch but the wing overshot them, the pilot falling forwards and rolling over before coming to rest. The flight did not proceed.

Unhurt
02.12.2023 Male

Age:
24

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
17 hours
(11 hours)

Rushup,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Geo 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach to bottom landing field having encountered sink. Pilot was forced to make a tight turn to avoid a tree then struck the top of a wall.

Minor Injuries,
Pelvis

20.11.2023 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
31 years
800 hours
(36 hours)

Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Mint

Launch Type:
Foot
After landing, on packing up glider, Pilot discovered a brake line had gone through a crack in the riser maillon plastic insert and was wedged in and quite difficult to pull out again. Pilot does not know how the crack in the plastic insert occurred.

Unhurt
14.11.2023 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
19 years
150 hours

Legzira,
Morocco

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Atlas

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not continue running during forward launch and crashed.

Minor Injuries,
Pelvis

11.11.2023 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
800 hours

Carlton Bank,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was scratching in light conditions and misjudged height and sink rate resulting in contact with the hill and heavy feet first impact.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

22.10.2023 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
29 years
2379 hours
(125 hours)

Eype,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
777
Queen 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot accidentally touched harness on ground while storing in strong wind conditions. Wing fell back and pilot was dragged into bench and bushed.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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