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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
29 Oct 2016 Male 57 Pilot Power Private Field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Apco
Force 2

Engine:


Pilot stalled wing while turning against the torque at low level in attempt to avoid neighbours. Pilot managed to kill engine before heavy impact.

Minor Injuries
29 Oct 2016 Female 39 CP Ager
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Air Design
Rise 2

The pilot lost control of the paraglider in close proximity to the hillside and impacted the ground sustaining fatal injuries.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

23 Oct 2016 Male 37 Pilling
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h

Powered PG
Foot
Jojo Wings
Instinct
Flymecc
LC

Pilot lost control of paramotor at low altitude.

Fatal
22 Oct 2016 Male 57 CP Bo peep
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Yeti

Pilot attempted to top land close to a barbwire fence. Speedbar caught on fence then glider fell on fence.

Unhurt
21 Oct 2016 Male 59 AP Villebois Lavallette
France


Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Koch
Winch

During a routine inspection of the weak link components of a twin drum Koch winch it was found that the aluminium cases that house the aluminium weak links had their ends burred over such that the link would not slide out of the housing. This rendered the weak link inoperative and the force required to break it would have been considerably more than the certified intended force.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
19 Oct 2016 Male 60 CP Devils dyke
United Kingdom


Flexwing Hang Glider
Seedwings
Space

Pilot was struggling to attach nose wires. It transpired that the glider had been in a minor crash on landing and the replaced uprights were too long. The uprights were subsequently changed.

Unhurt
15 Oct 2016 Male 49 Pilot Milk Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
T2C

Pilot was flying slowly to maximise lift causing the wing to stall when turning into approach base leg. Glider landed heavily.

Unhurt
14 Oct 2016 Male 48 Pilot 360
India
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Tala

Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level while thermalling. Pilot was unable to regain control of the glider and deployed his emergency parachute. Parachute had insufficient height to deploy fully and pilot impacted rocks.

Fatal:
Head Injuries

10 Oct 2016 Male 54 Pilot United Kingdom 15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Engine:

Air Conception
Ultra 130

Paramotor pilot posted Airprox having had an encounter with a biplane that appeared to be involved in a display with two balloons. Pilot did not realise the biplane was a full sized manned aircraft, having initially thought it was a drone.

Unhurt
10 Oct 2016 Male 40 Pilot Herne Bay
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4
None
None

While coastal soaring the pilot was blown back into rotor turbulence by strengthening wind.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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

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