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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
12 Jun 2009 Male 41 Under training Woldingham SW bowl
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Hi Way
Stubby

Student pulled leg muscle while ground handling glider.

Pulled muscle in leg
12 Jun 2009 Male 43 Under training Woldingham SW bowl
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Hi Way
Stubby

Student moved hands on uprights while on launch run allowing nose to drop. Glider nosed in and student swung though.

Bruised elbow
4 Jun 2009 Male 47 Advanced Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Rebel

Pilot suffered symmetric collapse on launching into thermal. Collapse reinflated asymmetrically and glider turned back into hill.

Fractured wrist
2 Jun 2009 Male 46 Under training United Kingdom 0-11 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Wills Wing
Falcon

Student misjudged approach and landed heavily resulting in bent upright.

None
2 Jun 2009 Male 46 Advanced Pilot Morrone
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Cobra

Pilot suffered large asymmetric and then cravat while thermalling. Glider entered spiral and risers twisted. Pilot deployed parachute landing safely but was dragged 100m before getting parachute under control.

Tissue damage to ankles and calf.
30 May 2009 Male 66 Club Pilot Labrador Bay
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Moyes
Xtralite 147

Pilot landed in sea having allowed himself to run out of landing options while coastal soaring. Pilot had been focusing on taking pictures rather than flying.

none
30 May 2009 Male 47 Club Pilot Almenara
Spain
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Eagle Flight
Genie

Engine:

AV8ER
Observer Lite

Whilst on a powered cross country flight the brummels connecting the speed system on the left side vibrated loose. The pilot was able to prevent the line from contacting the prop and landed safely.

None
25 May 2009 Male 53 Pilot Col de Forclaz
France
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Mentor

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse having decided to continue launch with glider not fully flying.

bruised and scraped leg.
24 May 2009 Male 41 Club Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Alpha 4

Pilot was unable to take avoiding action when another pilot turned in front of him during a competition. Glider stalled on collision and pilot impacted ground heavily.

Bruised back.
24 May 2009 Male 51 Pilot Lambourne
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Fusion 26

Engine:

Parajet
Macro

Pilot crashed on launch causing broken leg. Crash also caused prop to puncture fuel tank resulting in explosion and fire. Swift action of CFI with extinguishers prevented more serious injuries.

Fr tib and fib, burns to arms
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 June 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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