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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
23 May 2017 Male 66 Pilot Llangollen
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 4

Pilot decided to top land in conditions where the wind was switching around causing occasional turbulence. Pilot suffered low level asymmetric collapse and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21 May 2017 Male 56 CP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint 3

Pilot attempted to gain height to fly round to the front of the hill knowing the wind had gone off to the east. Pilot lost height and flew back to the ridge but encountered leeside turbulence. Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse which he recovered but then suffered full collapse and struck hillside.

Minor Injuries
21 May 2017 Male 65 Pilot Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Knot attaching the control handle to the brake line became detached during inflation. Pilot fell while trying to control wing as it was blown across the slope. Glider had recently been serviced and the control lines adjusted.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19 May 2017 Male 49 Pilot Parlick (South face)
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Pilot walked down hill in windy conditions in order to launch in lighter winds. On flying towards the slope the pilot experienced severe sink and collided with the hill. The pilot was then lifted and dragged at an angle up the slope. Pilot landed heavily but was able to eventually control glider.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

16 May 2017 Male 57 Pilot Babadag
Turkey
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot deployed emergency parachute while on SIV course having suffered a cravat during asymmetric collapse exercise. Pilot entered spiral descent and was unable to recover.

Unhurt
14 May 2017 Male 37 Pilot Thurnham
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure

Pilot had cravat before take-off but decided to deal with it once the wing was inflated. However, strong winds lifted pilot immediately forcing pilot to stall in order to land. Pilot landed heavily but was unhurt.

Unhurt
10 May 2017 Male 58 Pilot Uffington White Horse
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot

SKYMAN
Coconea

While in flight the pilot noticed the speed system brummell had become detached. Pilot recovered the line and reattached but accidentally fed the line through his emergency parachute handle, thus preventing the proper deployment of the chute.

Unhurt
10 May 2017 Male 48 Trainee Moel Fei
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

After flaring pilot seemed to stumble forward and caught foot on lumpy ground.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

10 May 2017 Male 32 CP Blorenge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Pioneer

Pilot turned tightly in thermal and lost control of the glider. Pilot was unable to regain control and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

10 May 2017 Male 44 AP Blorenge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z 3

Pilot misjudged approach and was forced to turn at low level to avoid hitting cars and trees. Pilot landed heavily downwind.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 June 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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