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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
12 May 2006 Male 45 Pilot Bewaldeth
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Gin
Bonanza

Pilot landed cross wind attempting to spot land at wind sock.

stiff knee
12 May 2006 Male 54 Pilot Moel Accre
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sol
Synergy 2

Pilot decided to bottom land due to lack of lift. Landed very fast downwind having misjudged wind direction in valley.

fr vertebra, muscle strain
10 May 2006 Male 46 Novice White Pike
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Flite

Student did not flare fully on landing so landed quicker than expected. Stuck out foot which caught on rough ground.

dislo ankle, fr tibia
8 May 2006 Male 54 Club Pilot North Cliff
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Wills Wing
Eagle 164

Pilot mistimed flare and landed heavily having been cut away from aborted winch tow.

bruising
7 May 2006 Male 37 Novice Castle Moreton
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Xact

Student stalled glider at 20 - 30 ft and landed heavily.

fr wrist, fr L3 vertebra
5 May 2006 Male 37 Pilot Shining Tor
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Rush

Pilot launched into strong thermal and suffered an asymmetric collapse before being dumped back onto hill. Pilot blames overconfidence and underestimating gust strength.

fr fibula
30 Apr 2006 Male 43 Novice Woldingham Valley
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Flying Planet
Syrius

Student mistimed flare on ground skimming flight and landed heavilly.

fr fibula
29 Apr 2006 Male 56 Pilot Comb Gibbet
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Vibe

Pilot suffered extreme turbulence while ridge soaring and lost control of glider. Chose to immediately throw emergency chute (at approx 200ft) and landed safely. Pilot states that numerous deployment practices at BFR saved his life.

bruising
29 Apr 2006 Male 40 Club Pilot Maiden Castle
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Z One

Pilot hit sink while ridge soaring and slope landed. Landing was fast and heavy.

fr ankle
29 Apr 2006 Male 48 Club Pilot Odonnells Rock
Ireland
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Sport 1

Pilot suffered 50%+ asymmetric collapse at 50-60ft while on approach to top land. Glider entered rapid spiral and crashed before pilot could recover.

fr L4 vertebra
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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