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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 2019 Male 22 N/a Bedlinog
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Whist ground handling a student inflated his glider but tried to turn too early resulting in a collapse. During the collapse the risers brushed passed the students helmet inadvertently unfastening the new type buckle. Concurrently a line caught the helmets goggle strap (rear of helmet) and pulled the helmet from the students head.

Unhurt
21 Mar 2019 Male 50 Pilot Captain Cooks
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Meru

Pilot landed safely in a stock-free field and was then confronted by an irate farmer who threatened to damage his glider, standing on it in the process.

Unhurt
20 Mar 2019 Male 57 Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student was practicing forward launches in phase 2 of the EP. This was the student's fourth inflation. The student lost his footing on the inflation and fell awkwardly pulling his left calf muscle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

20 Mar 2019 Male 59 P Merthyr Common
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Bion

Pilot launched tandem in windy conditions and was immediately lifted off with passenger. Pilot could not see as passenger harness had become stuck over the Quick-Out karabiners obscuring the pilot's vision. Pilot was able to land after a short beat but fell on passenger on landing.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Minor Injuries
19 Mar 2019 Male 51 Pilot Legzira
Morocco
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Magnum 2

Pilot under training overshot intended top landing by approx 10m. Pilot stumbled on rocky terrain, resulting fall and drag 2m approx. Pilot not wearing gloves, sustained small (2cm), shallow cut to right hand.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

Passenger
Unhurt
18 Mar 2019 Male 46 Pilot Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 4

Pilot took off in deteriorating conditions with rain beginning to fall. In his haste to get down the pilot initiated big ears but then stalled one side of the glider on releasing the ears. Glider then entered a spin and the pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
14 Mar 2019 Male 46 CP Montellano
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Xi

Pilot was flying friends wing and suffered an asymmetric collapse while thermalling. Due to lack of ground clearance pilot successfully deployed his emergency parachute and landed safely.

Unhurt
4 Mar 2019 Male 69 CP Bornos lake
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Gin
Pegasus

Engine:

Miniplane
Top80

Student lost control while practising 'launch abort' with motor running. Student attempted to collapse wing but in doing so applied full power to the motor. Student was pushed over by the thrust and was cut on sharp stone.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Mar 2019 Male 26 CP Tap o Noth
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Sprint 3

Pilot inflated wing in breezy conditions but had a knot in the lines. Pilot was dragged over into a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

1 Mar 2019 Male 30 CP Fochriw
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot was ground handling then went to forward launch as wind was dropping off. Speed bar line caught in reserve handle upon launch run which pulled out and inflated the parachute.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 19 April 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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