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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
21 Jul 2002 Male 38 Club Pilot Abertysswg
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Firebird
Matrix

Low level collapse due to turbulence - pilot impacted hill having failed to make correct recovery inputs.

Fatal.
21 Jul 2002 Male 46 Pilot United Kingdom 16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)

Flying Planet- Spirit

Whilst thermal soaring in strng conditions the pilot over controlled the canopy causing it to spin. He immediately threw his emergency parachute which successfully deployed. .

sore back
20 Jul 2002 Male Pilot Barton
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Windtech
Serek

During tow launch the weak link broke. The protective muff remained attached to the tow line therefore the unprotected end recoiled and hit the pilot in the mouth.

Impact to top lip and frount tooth
20 Jul 2002 Male 33 Club Pilot Butser West
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)

Alvion Elan

Midair collision with model aircraft - hang glider continued to fly unaffected, model broke in impact.

20 Jul 2002 Male 46 Bell Hill, Blandford
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider


HG pilot noticed PG being blown backwards towards his parked glider. PG was blown over flat HG. HG pilot caught PG tip lines deflating the canopy.

19 Jul 2002 Male 46 Pilot United Kingdom 0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Xyon

Following launch the pilot took one wrap on the controls. He then encountered rising air in which he applied both controls with the intention of slowing the glider down, the result of this was that the canopy stalled. and the pilot landed heavily.

Small bite to tongue
18 Jul 2002 Male 34 Pilot Chabre-Larange
France
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Moyes
Xtralite

Fast jet narrowly missed a hang glider soaring the ridge at 200ft. Approxi mate separation 100ft.

17 Jul 2002 Male 29 Hay Bluff
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
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Student failed to follow radio instruction during a soaring flight which resulted in him flying too close to the hill. The student did not turn away from the hill as he got lower and collided with the slope.

Broken Ankle
17 Jul 2002 Woldingham 2
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Apco
Spectra

Student encountered lift during low hop as he did so he applied some control - on instruction to release the control the pilot did so and swung forward resulting in a heavy landing.

Sprained ankle
15 Jul 2002 Female Club Pilot Westbury (North)
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Harmony

Pilot encountered turbulence whilst flying downwind towards the ridge. Her canopy dived forward and impacted some trees.

Neck and leg stiffness
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 October 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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