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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
22 Mar 2009 Male 40 Under training The Terrace
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Independence
Merlin

Student collided with ridge while ridge soaring.

Fr L1 vertebra
22 Mar 2009 Male 25 Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Swing
Stratus 7 GS

Pilot suffered large asymmetric collapse at low level on windy, turbulent day. Collapse turned into cascade and pilot deployed emergency chute. Chute opened just prior to impact and absorbed some of the impact energy.

bruised pelvis
22 Mar 2009 Male 43 Pilot Batcombe
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Cobra M

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while on approach to top land in windy and turbulent conditions. Glider entered spiral and pilot impacted heavily.

Fr L3 and T12 vertebrae
21 Mar 2009 Male 47 Pilot White Horse
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Buzz

While ridge soaring pilot applied speed bar when the upper pulley on riser failed rendering speed bar inoperable.

none
21 Mar 2009 Male 50 Pilot Liddington
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Sigma

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level while facing away from the hill. Glider turned 180 degrees during recovery and pilot impacted hill.

Sprained ankle
19 Mar 2009 Male 57 Pilot Malvern
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Mamboo L

Pilot twisted ankle while turning during reverse launch.

Bruised ankle
19 Mar 2009 Male 62 Club Pilot Spain




Under investigation.

Fatal.
16 Mar 2009 Male 45 Club Pilot Milk Hill
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient

Pilot suffered mid-air collision with another paraglider causing glider to collapse and fall to ground.

tissue damage to back
16 Mar 2009 Male 38 Under training Milk Hill
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Bolero

Pilot suffered mid-air collision with another paraglider resulting in both falling to the ground.

tissue damage to back
13 Mar 2009 Male 53 Pilot Perranporth
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Wills Wing
Talon 150

On finals pilot decided to go round but then quickly lost height resulting in the glider drifting off-line and stalling into rigging gliders.

none
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 13 December 2017 at 04:30:06 AM

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