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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
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 50 CP Blease Fell
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Sport 3

While on approach to landing the pilot decided to land in a field adjacent to the landing field because of the close proximity of other landing pilots. Pilot was aware of the power line running parallel to the field but did not see the line running across the field. Glider struck line which snapped and the pilot fell to the ground.

Unhurt
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
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
4 Jan 2017 Male 43 Pilot Whiterocks
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Trickster

Pilot, experienced in mini wings, was flying an acro wing for the first time at local dunes. After a period of familiarisation he began to make more aggressive turns. During one turn the pilot applied an excessive amount of control causing the wing to collapse. The wing recovered but had lost significant height and the pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

4 Jan 2017 Male 52 AP Westbury
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
BiBeta 4

Pilot armed quickouts prior to tandem inflation in strong conditions to enable rapid release if necessary. Pilot intended to disarm prior to actual launch. Pilot forgot to disarm on launch but did so a few minutes into the flight.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
2 Jan 2017 Male 45 AP Bratton Camp
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Triple Seven
Queen

Pilot narrowly avoided mid-air collision with another pilot who appeared not to know what they were doing. It turned out that the pilot, who had no BHPA rating, was being coached by two other pilots.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 24 April 2017 at 04:30:10 AM

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