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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
23 Apr 2017 Male 57 Pilot Sibson
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Rigid Hang Glider
AIR
ATOS V

Pilot put new wires on Atos V glider. Pilot felt glider was not right but could not find fault. Later pilot discovered the sheathing on the new wires on one side was bunched up. It appears the locating sleeve at the bottom of the uprights has not been crimped properly to the wire and has been sliding back and forth, being retained by the plastic sheathing on previous flights.

Unhurt
22 Apr 2017 Male 56 Pilot Disused Military Airfield
Malaysia
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Speedster 2

Engine:

Air Conception
E-Nitro

Pilot suffered failed take-off in changeable light winds leading to heavy impact with tarmac take-off area. Pilot was recovering from previous muscle strain at the time.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19 Apr 2017 Male 31 AP Pen y Fan
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
LM6

Pilot noticed that chest strap was undone on LHS of harness 3.5 hours into a closed circuit cross country flight. Upon noticing, pilot flew into calm air and was able to connect the harness strap. The glider had handled normally during the flight until that point. The pilot continued the flight and landed safely.

Unhurt
18 Apr 2017 Male 60 AP Back of Ecton
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Peak 3

Pilot spun glider making tight turns on approach to landing.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

17 Apr 2017 Male 47 CP Barton Aerodrome
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Sky Paragliders
Atis

Pilot noticed frayed webbing between harness and Charly tow release while packing away.

Unhurt
17 Apr 2017 Male 41 Pilot Westbury Bratton Camp
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure

Pilot applies excessive control input while turning into wind for a landing. Pilot spun glider at low level but landed safely.

Unhurt
13 Apr 2017 Female 40 Bell Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Adam

Student had completed short soaring flight and was briefed for a slope landing. On making initial approach student clipped tree in hedge line causing the glider to surge forward. Student landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

13 Apr 2017 Female 24 CP Fochriw
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot was ridge soaring and got too close to the slope resulting in a fast impact.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

11 Apr 2017 Male 63 CP Gribbles ridge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot suffered an aneurysm and collapsed while ground handling prior to launch.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

10 Apr 2017 Male 45 Pilot Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Moyes
RX3.5

Pilot had not attached nose cone properly causing the glider to become unstable during high speed glide. Glider descended rapidly and impacted heavily bending both uprights.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 24 May 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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