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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
8 Dec 2009 Male 40 Pilot Nuthurst
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Synthesis

Engine:

MiniPlane

On landing, clip on pilots glove (for holding gloves together) became caught on cage netting. Pilot could not release brake. Landed safely and cut glove clips off!

none
22 Nov 2009 Male Isle of Wight
United Kingdom
+ 48 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Airwave
Voodoo

Untrained pilot launched glider in very strong winds while attached to a landrover by a length of rope. Glider rose quickly before being ripped off pilot by the wind. Pilot fell sustaining serious back injuries.

Multiple spinal fractures
15 Nov 2009 Male 56 Advanced Pilot Ben Bhraggie
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Airborne
Fun 190

Wind dropped and pilot decided to bottom land. Discovered harness zip jammed so decided to land on wheels. Landed ok but one wheel hit hole and stopped abruptly.

Dislocated shoulder
14 Nov 2009 Male 51 Under training Agrougour
Morocco
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Mojo 3

Pilot collided with rocky outcrop while ridge soaring.

Fatal
5 Nov 2009 Male 52 Club Pilot Nigels
Morocco
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Apco
Fiesta

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while ridge soaring. Harness chest strap set to 52cm.

Fatal
1 Nov 2009 Male 51 Pilot N/A
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Apco
Allegra

Pilot noticed excessive wear on brake line pulley (attached to riser) making it possible to jam brake line.

None
28 Oct 2009 Male 56 Pilot Eypes West BAy
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Gradient
Aspen

Pilot had Airprox with Sea King helicopter while coastal flying in Devon. Suffered asymmetric collapse but landed safely.

none
27 Oct 2009 Male 66 Pilot Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sky
Antea

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on landing approach.

Punctured lungs, fr L1 vertebra
22 Oct 2009 Male 51 Club Pilot El Cuchillo
Spain
28-34 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Independence
Merlin

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse as a result of a mid air collision with another paraglider. Pilot deployed parachute and landed on top of the ridge.

Bruised foot
18 Oct 2009 Male 37 Under training Stenning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Gin
Bolero

Pilot jumped into harness after short run but then touched down again. Stopped running and glider overflew pulling pilot over onto arm.

Dislocated shoulder, fr upper arm.
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 22 November 2017 at 04:30:05 AM

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