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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 2408 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
07.06.2019 Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 hours
(1 hours)

Beklemeto North,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Bgd
Epic

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot fell over on slope, landing in heather.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

01.06.2019 Male

Age:
50

Flying Experience:
6 years
3 hours
(2 hours)

Muggary Bottom,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student reverse launched glider bit with a little too much brake. On facing forward he released the brakes and the glider overshot causing the student to fall forwards down the slope.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

31.05.2019 Male

Age:
41



Swyre Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student reverse launched then turned to face forwards but was unbalanced by a gust. Student applied some brake and was dragged backwards for 10m before regaining control of the glider.

Seriously Injured
26.05.2019 Male

Age:
54

Flying Experience:
5 years

Swyre Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Adam

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was attempting speedbar exercise. Having trouble locating the bar with his foot, the student reached down but with the brake still in his hand. This turned the student back into the slope impacting foot first.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

21.05.2019 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
13 years
600 hours
(40 hours)

Combe Gibbet,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had wing above head prior to launch. Wind gust forced pilot off-balance causing him to impact a fence.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

20.05.2019 Female

Age:
58

Flying Experience:
8 years
3 hours
(1 hours)

Grahla Bay,
Portugal

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Infinity 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student inflated glider in the smooth sea breeze in a straight and balanced reverse position. She was instructed to turn and go, but she stumbled and tripped over sideways. Putting her hand down to brake her fall, the glider turned towards the hillside pulling her over a bush and coming to rest on her back on a rock.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

16.05.2019 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
70 hours
(30 hours)

Whitewool,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged the strength of the venturi on the ridge. Pull up and control was OK but immediately lifted off and started to get blown back. Pilot landed safely initially but lost control of the wing in another strong gust and got blown back into hedges.

Minor Injuries
15.05.2019 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
196 hours
(7 hours)

Whernside,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by a sudden very strong gust whilst set up to launch, but had parked brakes to sort out twist in lines at carabiners. Pilot was dragged at speed into and over drystone wall, helmet taking full impact.

Seriously Injured,
Cervical Spine

15.05.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
20 hours
(10 hours)

Cairn o'mount,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Geronimo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot initiated 360 degree turns to lose height on landing. On second turn the glider suffered an asymmetric collapse at approx 30m above the ground. The pilot did not react quickly enough and the glider collapsed fully. The wing partially recovered but the pilot landed heavily from approx 10m.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

13.05.2019 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
18 years
500 hours
(23 hours)

Mam Tor Derbyshire,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot performed a low 360 into rotor behind hilltop, heavy landing, right hand hitting ground with force.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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