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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
7 Jul 2002 Male 42 Advanced Pilot Rowter Farm
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
La Mouette Topless

Engine:

Mosquito

Pilot attempted to launch his powered hang glider upslope but was unable to achieve sufficient airspeed. The left wing dropped and the control frame impacted the ground breaking the left upright, the impact caused the prop to catch the sail.

6 Jul 2002 Male 39 Club Pilot Atherfield
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Samba 29

Helicopter had to change course to avoid pgs flying coastal site.

3 Jul 2002




Unauthorised balloon landings on regular basis taking place at Shadoxhurst (monksfield).

24 Jun 2002 Hunstanton
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Firebird
A Yellow One

Pilot seen to attampt launch at foot of low cliffs. Canopy inflated dragging pilot over cliff tops into parked cars. Pilot then verbally abused car owner and hit the car with his helmet.

24 Jun 2002 Female 38 Club Pilot Westbury
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)

La Mouette Topless

Pilot attempting to top land in strong conditions struggled to turn the glider into wind whilst on the downwind leg. She tried apply more force by putting her feet onto the bottom bar, before returning to prone. She impacted the ground i the final turn.

23 Jun 2002 Male 59 Club Pilot Woolacombe
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Moyes
Xtralite

No details.

Concussion, bruises, cut lip & tongue and chipped tooth
23 Jun 2002 Male 40 Club Pilot Darley Moor
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Moyes
Ventura

During tow launch the pilot heard a thud followed by the glider pitching nose down. The pilot couldnt find his reserve parachute handle and impacted the ground heavily. He then discovered that his parachute had accidentally deployed during the launch.

Bruised left leg and back; to casualty at Cottage hospital- Buxton
23 Jun 2002 Male 46 Pilot Kimmeridge
United Kingdom


Flexwing Hang Glider
Airwave
Magic 4

During daily inspection the pilot discovered the nut attaching the cross tube to the leading edge was loose with the thread well worn.

23 Jun 2002 Male 44 Club Pilot Atherfield Bay
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Electron

The pilot became aware that he was catching another paraglider pilot also soaring in the same direction. He tried to over take the pilot on the cliff side but had insufficient room. The pilots wing collided with the leading pilots harness.

23 Jun 2002 Male 64 Club Pilot Long Mynd
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)

Magic : Kiss

Whilst attempting to top land in gusty conditions the pilot flew the downwind leg with insufficient airspeed. This resulted in him having difficulty turning back into wind. The pilot landed cross wind on a road behind the landing area.

Unconscious > 1Hr/ Face helicopter to Shrewsbury Royal Hospital, Head & Neck
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 14 August 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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