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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
5 May 2018 Male 47 Pilot Fairsnape Fell
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Escape
S21

The wind dropped while pilot was ridge soaring downwind. Pilot came down fast on area of stones.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

5 May 2018 Male 55 Pilot Whitewool
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Uturn
Blacklight 2

Pilot encountered sink while attempting to slope land and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

4 May 2018 Male 62 None Aldbrough
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Dudek
Synthesis 2
Bulldog
Moster

Pilot stalled glider after engine cut out on practise approach.

Minor Injuries
29 Apr 2018 Male 63 Pilot MAPPLETON
United Kingdom
35-40 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
OMEGA

Pilot was pulled over as wing rotated while attempting to launch in strong wind.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Apr 2018 Male 43 Dune de Pyla
France
40-45 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Freestyle 2

Pilot misjudged spiral dive on unfamiliar glider losing more height than anticipated. Pilot impacted sand dune at speed.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

29 Apr 2018 Male 52 CP Ben Rinnes
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Low airtime pilot attempted to make a top landing but had insufficient height. This resulted in the pilot crash landing cross-slope.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

28 Apr 2018 Male 55 Pilot Rhiw Wen
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot had been flying by himself while waiting for a friend to arrive. Pilot was found in a dazed state with no recollection of having had an incident.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

24 Apr 2018 Male 58 CP Rushup Edge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Hook 3

Glider went offline during reverse launch and the pilot stumbled. He was then dragged downing into rocks.

Seriously Injured
22 Apr 2018 Male 57 CP Compton Bowl
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Tala

After take off the pilot attempted to work a small thermal turning left too slowly. The glider had a small wing-tip collapse and the pilot over compensated causing the wing to spin then stall resulting in a free fall of about 20ft to the ridge.

Seriously Injured:
Internal Injuries

22 Apr 2018 Male 53 Club Pilot Babadag 1200m.
Turkey
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z

The pilot shout launching and began his launch diagonally across the take-off into wind. A Turkish tandem pilot then shouted 'take-off' and launched from approx 30m behind the first pilot. The first pilot aborted his launch but the tandem pilot and passenger flew into his inflated glider. The momentum pulled the first pilot off the take-off and into boulders.

Seriously Injured
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 24 September 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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