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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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
10 Jan 2009 Male 50 Club Pilot Les Tieilles
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Rookie

Pilot altered approach at last minute due to glider ground handling in chosen approach path. Resulted in low turn and probable out of wind landing.

Fr T1 vertebra
2 Jan 2009 Male 56 Club Pilot Farway
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Golden 2

Pilot was turned into hill having encountered unexpected turbulence.

Fr heel.
30 Dec 2008 Male 54 Club Pilot Barkin Fell
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Nova
Mentor

Pilot encountered severe sink immediately after takeoff and landed heavily.

Dislocated shoulder
22 Dec 2008 Female 33 Club Pilot Hells Mouth
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Ozone
Buzz

Pilot stalled glider at approx 15ft while on tow and landed heavily on back.

Fr Vertebra
2 Nov 2008 Male 52 Novice Ligzira
Morocco


Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Flying Planet
Spirit

Student let off brakes on shallow slope launch causing glider to dive forward and student struck boulder with foot.

Fr ankle
26 Oct 2008 Male 45 Advanced Pilot Rotang Pass
India
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Zulu Explorer

Pilot was caught out by change of expected wind direction on approach. Elected to land beside river as only available option. Glider landed in river and pilot was dragged into fast flowing water. Dragged 200m before able to escape.

Bruising
24 Oct 2008 Male 28 Club Pilot Butser Hill
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sky
Brontes

Pilot was caught out by drop in wind speed and elected to slope land. Pilot applied both brakes to avoid bushes but glider then dived forward and pilot landed heavily.

Fr foot
28 Sep 2008 Male 43 Novice Wether Fell
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
U-Turn
Infinity

Student drifted too far back while ridge soaring and collided with stone wall.

Fr both ankles and a wrist.
28 Sep 2008 Male 41 Leadlich
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Bolero 3

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse then spiral to ground flying in increasingly windy and turbulent conditions.

Fr pelvis, nerve damage.
21 Sep 2008 Male Pilot Talybont
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Mamboo

Pilot spun glider attempting low level turn having run out of landing options.

none
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 24 April 2017 at 04:30:10 AM

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