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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
9 Sep 2009 Male 30 Pilot Hay Bluff
United Kingdom
35-40 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Rookie

Whilst walking to lower, less windy take off with glider bunched over shoulder, glider reinflated and dragged pilot back up and over launch.

Fr tibia, fibula and patella.
8 Sep 2009 Male 62 Under training Bissane
France
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Swing
Everest

Student stalled glider at 20m having overcorrected final turn into wind.

Slight bruising, possible pulled thigh muscle.
1 Sep 2009 Male 27 Club Pilot Crow Hall
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Aeros
Target

Pilot encountered turbulence at 40ft on tow launch. Launch was aborted and pilot instructed to land ahead. Pilot failed to flare sufficiently and landed heavily.

Dislocated arm
1 Sep 2009 Male 45 Club Pilot Stol
Slovenia
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Gin
Bolero

Pilot took off into sinking air and allowed the glider to drift towards parked vehicles. Pilot struck vehicle on landing.

Dislocated ankle, fr fibula
1 Sep 2009 Male 55 Club Pilot Long Mynd
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Electron

Pilot accidentally deployed parachute at 30m while checking deployment handle in flight.

Dislocated shoulder
31 Aug 2009 Male 44 Club Pilot The Warren
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Pro Design
Thesis 100

While flying cliffs, pilot sunk out and could no longer reach landing area. Landed in small tree without injury.

none
31 Aug 2009 Male 56 Club Pilot Jerbourg
Guernsey
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Golden 2

Pilot was lifted by thermal while attempting to launch. He was dragged back into bystander.

Bruising
29 Aug 2009 Male 32 Cheriton
United Kingdom
41-48 km/h
Gusts

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Powerplay
Sting 160

Engine:

Walkerjet
Simon 210

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on approach in strong wind and turbulent conditions.

Fatal
9 Aug 2009 Male 36 Pilot Bell Hill
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Hang Glider Rigid
Foot (Forward)
Atos
VQ

Pilot knocked into parked glider while launching.

none
9 Aug 2009 Male 43 Club Pilot High and Over
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Sport 3

Pilot fell out of thermal at low level behind hill. Encountered rotor on attempting to fly back to ridge.

Fr L3 vertebra
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 September 2017 at 04:30:30 AM

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