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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
16 Sep 2015 Male 47 Pilot Sopot Bulgaria
Bulgaria
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 3

While thermalling close to the treeline, pilot caught wing tip in branches and was pulled into tree.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12 Sep 2015 Male 0 Mendlesham Suffolk
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Moyes

Light aircraft flew across the path of a hang glider that was 300m up on a winch launch. Site was clearly marked. Light aircraft continued unaware of the danger.

Unhurt
9 Sep 2015 Male 51 Pilot Forclas
France
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 7

Pilot was unable to control wing on launch as it came up asymmetrically due to the wind being off centre. Pilot ran off launch area into shrubs and wedged foot.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

8 Sep 2015 Male 41 CP FORCLAZ
France
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Pilot misjudged final approach and landed in a 10m high tree. Pilot then fell backwards through the tree from approx 8m.

Minor Injuries:
Thoracic Spine

8 Sep 2015 Male 63 Pilot HMS Mercury
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot struck hawthorn bush while scratching low in weak conditions.

Minor Injuries
1 Sep 2015 Male 55 AP Dungiven west
Ireland


Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Icaro 2000
Laminar

Pilot disconnected Xtube tension strop to realine rear wires. On reassembling glider he forgot to reconnect Xtube strop. When about to launch pilot noticed VB was slack and then noticed Xtube strop not connected.

Unhurt
26 Aug 2015 Male 40 Swiss Licence Le Chalvet
France
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Enzo 2

Pilot was flying using speed bar when the glider suffered a large frontal collapse. Pilot assessed the collapse as not recoverable given his altitude and so deployed his parachute. Pilot landed safely in trees.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

18 Aug 2015 Male 67 CP Devils Dyke
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot was forced to take avoiding action by another paraglider pilot who refused to give way while ridge soaring. Pilot, who refused to give his name, said he didn't give way as he didn't want to drop out the lift band.

Unhurt
17 Aug 2015 Male 51 P Rhossili
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Bi Beta 3

Immediately after launch a loud 'crack' was heard from the right side spreader bar. The pilot made an immediate bottom landing. On inspection the plastic bar inside the Advance rigid spreader had snapped though it remained encased in the fabric sheath.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
17 Aug 2015 Male 47 Pilot Blorenge
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Bi Beta 3

Pilots misjudged approach and landed on the bank of a river. Luckily the glider over flew them and landed on the grass bank.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 30 April 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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