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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
14 Aug 2001 Female 28 Club Pilot Le Grand Montet
France
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Moyes
Xt 145

Using the s turn approach method, the pilot misjudged his position and ended up one third of the way down the field with too much height. He then hit some turbulence and was turned, the result being an impact with a telegraph pole.

13 Aug 2001 Male 38 Hill Farm
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Gusts

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Hi Way
Stubby 200

Student pushed out on the control frame as the glider was hit by a gust, the glider stalled and impacted the ground.

Fractured vertebrae, L3 and L4.
12 Aug 2001 Male 27 Club Pilot Col De Forclas
France
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Airwave
Kiss 154

Pilot stalled the glider whilst attempting to fly slowly in thermal lift, glider impacted the hill.

Swollen knee.
12 Aug 2001 Male 38 Col De Forclaz
France
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Airwave
Calypso

Pilot attempting to land in an unfamiliar landing field. His downwind leg of the appraoch was too low which meant he had to make a steep/ tight turn into the field. As he made this turn the glider tip stalled and the pilot hit a bush.

Severe contusion chest and upper arm.
9 Aug 2001 Male 51 Club Pilot Hill Farm
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Hi Way
Stubby

Student encountered turbulence during tow launch - he attempted to correct the gliders direction but overcontrolled the glider resulting in him now facing downwind. He continued his downwind flight path until he impacted the ground.

FR cervical vertebra * 2.
7 Aug 2001 Male 35 Pilot Long Mynd
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
FreeX
Mission



Fractured (2) vertebrae (upper lumbar), possible FR ankle.
7 Aug 2001 Male 30 Club Pilot Col De La Forclaz
France


Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Airwave
Pulse

PG and HG flying toward each other head on. At the last moment the HG turned right to avoid a collision and the PG turned left, HG tumbled and crashed in slope.

Cuts and bruises.
7 Aug 2001 Male 38 Pilot Col De Forlaz
France
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Firebird
Flame

See IR 01/089.

Slight bruising, R knee and neck.
4 Aug 2001 Male 39 Pilot St Andre
France
32-40 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Avian
Java

A gust caused the glider to lift - the pilot reacted by grabbing the gliders upright and his wife held the leading edge midway along its length. They noticed that the cross tube was badly bent.

2 Aug 2001 Male 37 Mittag
Germany
0-8 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Firebird
Matrix

The canopy inflated unevenly during launch. The student managed to correct this but the student was now 20 degrees off his intended heading. The canopy lines scraped some ski cables located to the left of launch. Student recovered normal flight .

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 13 December 2017 at 04:30:06 AM

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