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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
18 May 2018 Male 57 United Kingdom

Powered PG


Pre flight inspection of Icaro helmet revealed that one of the two retaining loops of plastic coated cord had snapped and detached at the front end at it's retaining point where it is fixed with a rivet. On inspection of spare helmet, it was found that in the same place, the outer plastic coating had snapped, but was still being retained by the inner cord core.

Unhurt
18 May 2018 Male 48 CP Putsborough
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bollero 5

Pilot slipped during reverse launch ground handling practice, coupled with a sudden gust of wind. Resulted in sudden lift from and immediate repatriation with the ground at speed.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17 May 2018 Male 55 EP Planfait,
France
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

When Taking off, the student, caught his hand on the reserve handle and brushed the lower bushes of the take off area. The reserve was deployed, which in turn made the main glider drive down. the student remained clam, and landed in the trees in front of the take off.

Unhurt
16 May 2018 Male 53 Campo coy lump
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Pilot fell over his own feet after he had landed and fell on his face. His sunglasses dug into his nose which needed a few stitches.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

14 May 2018 Male 67 AP Murton Pike
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot
Flow
XCRacer

Pilot spun glider while attempting to thermal. Pilot suspects lack of sleep and dehydration were significant factors.

Minor Injuries
13 May 2018 Male 38 CP Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

Pilot turned low in a thermal close to trees. Pilot then hit sink and was caught in the rotor behind the trees. Glider suffered asymmetric collapses but pilot was able to land but hit a fence post.

Unhurt
12 May 2018 Male 40 Talybont
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Nevada

Pilot misjudged wind direction and attempted to make a slope landing downwind on steep terrain. Pilot tripped on landing.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

12 May 2018 Male 56 CP Babadag
Turkey
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z5

Pilot forward launched in a gentle breeze from Babadag 1800m take-off. Glider came up slightly asymmetrically. Pilot eventually moved under the wing, but failed to load the glider up with his body weight. Glider experienced a small frontal collapse on the edge of take off. Pilot fell off the front of launch. The glider did not fully recover before the pilot hit the road below.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

9 May 2018 Male 38 CP Teba
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio

On take off pilot started running went to basebar and pulled in without sufficient height to clear takeoff area. Pilot hit a rock which pulled the glider in to the ground.

Minor Injuries
8 May 2018 Male 39 Pilot Chinkwell Tor
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Omega X-Alps 2

Pilot both hands off brakes to adjust vario, frontal collapse happened during this time and without enough height to recover.

Seriously Injured
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 19 November 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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