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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
11 Jul 2002 Male 41 Club Pilot Field At Inverhegang
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Aeros
Target

Engine:


Pilot launched a powere HG directly downwind of some powere lines. He was unable to gain sufficient height to clear the lines which he subsequently flew into.

Fatal.
11 Jul 2002 Male 65 Pilot Brown Edge
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Airwave
Klassie

Engine:


During an attempted powered HG launch the aircraft drifted off course toward some trees. The pilot was unable to corrrect the situation and collided with a large bush.

10 Jul 2002 Male 36 Pilot Merthyr
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Solar Wings
Rumour 1

Inexperienced pilot was inadvertently turned by turbulent air whilst ridge soaring. With insufficient airspeed the pilot was unable to correct the turn which resulted in a collision with the hill.

Soft tissue- Facial, Bruised hand & Ribs, Concussion, Unconscious for approx 5 min, Air helicopter to Myrtha hospital
7 Jul 2002 Tailbridge
United Kingdom
25-30
Gusts

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)


Non member attempted 360 degree turn following launch - insufficient height resulted in him impacting the hill.

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
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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