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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
21 Mar 2018 Male 49 AP Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Aero Tow
Moyes
Litespeed

On release at 2000' at the top of the aerotow the pilot's barrel release string wrapped around itself and knotted, causing itself, and hence the pilot, to remain connected from one side of the harness to the standard metal ring on the end of the tow line. Pilot was able to force a weak link break and landed safely.

Unhurt
21 Mar 2018 Male 57 Pilot Dunstable
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot flew into an area with limited options hoping to find lift. Found none and landed in bush.

Unhurt
20 Mar 2018 Male 50 Pilot Llangollen
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Mac Para
Icon

Pilot experienced turbulence when returning to the ridge to top land. Glider suffered frontal collapse, which recovered but had turned the pilot towards the hill with little height. Glider then suffered another full collapse and the pilot crashed into pine forrest. Pilot was rescued by Mountain Rescue.

Unhurt
16 Mar 2018 Male 65 Pilot Warren
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot encountered turbulence while making an approach to top land on clifftop site.

Minor Injuries
15 Mar 2018 Male 55 None aircraft mechanic United Kingdom

Powered PG

Bailey paramotor

Experienced Aircraft Mechanic completely unfamiliar with paramotoring decided to work at home on a friends paramotor. The engine was run without a safety cage but sitting on a small wood board. The engine suddenly reved up, started to lift and tilt releasing from the board. The mechanic was struck hard on the face diagonally with 2 strikes from the carbon prop that did eventually break.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

13 Mar 2018 Male 58 AP Bradwell
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

Pilot spun glider while thermalling. Glider stayed in deep stall possibly due to incorrect pilot input.

Minor Injuries
13 Mar 2018 Male 62 CP Freathy
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 5

Pilot crash landed on rocks having got low while coastal soaring. Pilot hoped to find lift where he had found it previously on the flight but did not.

Unhurt
11 Mar 2018 Male 55 CP Parlick Pike (East)
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio

Pilot landed short in field adjacent to landing field but was also slightly crosswind. Left hand side of control frame struck the ground first causing the pilot to swing through.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

11 Mar 2018 Male 54 CP Parlick East, Lancashire
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio 2

Pilot misjudged approach and was short of official landing field. In attempting to reach an adjacent field the pilot accidentally stalled the glider due to the wind gradient.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

10 Mar 2018 Male 57 AP Ringstead
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
AIR
VR+

While coastal soaring in strong and fluctuating winds pilot found himself in sinking air with limited safe landing options. Pilot landed on rocky area but was able to avoid injury by flaring hard and landing vertically.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 22 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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