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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
18 Feb 2017 Male 51 Pilot The Warren
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was coastal soaring with four other pilots when they were caught out by coastal fog. The pilot attempted to fly along the cliff tops to avoid a collision, but without visibility, became disoriented. Pilot came out of fog low over a main road but was able to land safely.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 64 Pilot Warren
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot was caught out by low cloud while coastal soaring. Pilot drifted back in zero visibility and found himself over a road with only 15m clearance. Pilot landed safely on the verge.

Unhurt
17 Feb 2017 Male 47 Pilot Whixhall
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
WASP
EOS100

The pilot started his engine an left it idling as it had a clutch, while he sorted out his wing. On returning to the engine the pilot held the frame with his right hand and picked up the throttle with his left. On picking up the throttle up he accidentally applied pressure, causing the motor to lurch forward unexpectedly. The pilots hand slipped off the frame and into the moving prop.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

7 Feb 2017 Male 42 Pilot Los Tanques
Colombia
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skyman
Cross Country

Pilot got low between two sets of power lines and opted to slope land. Pilot hit sink then suffered an asymmetric collapse landing heavily.

Seriously Injured
31 Jan 2017 Male 46 AP Porterville
South Africa
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Zeno

Pilot suffered a frontal collapse with recovered with a 40-50% cravat. The pilot attempted to pump out the cravat but entered a spiral dive. Pilot deployed his emergency parachute but landed on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Jan 2017 Male 37 Pilot Val d'isere
France
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Speedrider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Nano

Pilot lost too much height on approach as he had not taken into account the strength of the valley wind. Pilot landed 10m short of landing area and caught glider on a lamp post, narrowly avoiding buildings and cars.

Unhurt
25 Jan 2017 Male 49 EP New Lane
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 3

Student attempted to top land in increasing winds. Student used speed bar but sustained an asymmetric collapse at about 5m. Student landed awkwardly while turning.

Minor Injuries
22 Jan 2017 Male 66 CP Sarangkot
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Arcus 6

Pilot landed in a tree then fell while attempting to climb down.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

21 Jan 2017 Male 53 CP Local field
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Roadster 2
Parajet
Zenith

Pilot was making an approach to a familiar landing area but in an unfamiliar wind direction. Pilot turned through a break in the trees into direct sunlight then realised he was heading for high voltage power lines. The pilot applied power and pulled hard right tip steering line. The pilot avoided the power lines but the glider entered a spin resulting in a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured
21 Jan 2017 Male 38 Pilot Mercury
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Dual

Tandem pilot initiated landing flare but then let up causing a slight pendulum. Subsequent landing was heavier than usual, compounded by hard, frozen ground in landing area.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

Passenger
Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 13 December 2017 at 04:30:06 AM

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