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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 May 2008 Male 60 Club Pilot Bo Peep
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)


Pilot flew too close to slope in very light conditions and impacted heavily.

Fr ankle.
5 May 2008 Male Shantron Muir
United Kingdom
32-40 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
ITV
Agena 30

Ground crew was hanging on to harness to give pilot extra penetration. Strong gust lifted both to approx 40m and after short while ground crew fell. Both Non-BHPA.

Fatal.
5 May 2008 Male 45 Pilot Ben Reid
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Skywalk
Chili

Pilot deviated from intended XC route and was caught in turbulence. Landed heavily as emergency parachute failed to open.

Fr ribs
2 May 2008 Male 33 Pilot Eyam Edge
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Golden 2

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level in thermic and turbulent conditions and spiralled into hill.

Fatal.
30 Apr 2008 Male 35 Pilot Cennes
Spain
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Zulu

Pilot entered locked in spiral at low level and could not recover in time.

Fatal.
25 Apr 2008 Male 48 Pilot Monte Grappa
Italy
8-16 km/h
Variable


Airwave
Sport 3

Pilot got caught out by severe gust front but was eventually able to land uninjured despite being dragged.

none
9 Apr 2008 Female 57 Pilot Mt Caburn
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Golden 24

Pilot failed to carry out pre-flight check and took off without chest/leg straps fastened. On instruction from ground, pilot released controls and hooked arms over harness. Landed safely.

none
9 Apr 2008 Male 67 Pilot Butser Hill
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Rocket

Pilot misjudged turn and landed heavily.

Mild concussion, bruising.
8 Apr 2008 Male 42 Novice Usk airstrip
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Advance
Alpha 4

Student went off-line during hand tow. Line released and student landed awkwardly.

Sprained ankle
3 Apr 2008 Male 50 Novice Nigels Ridge
Morocco
0-8 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Mac
Muse 2

Student had small asymmetric collapse on launch run. Recovered but attempted to take off with insufficient airspeed.

concussion, scrapes, bruises.
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 30 May 2017 at 04:30:05 AM

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