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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
14 Oct 2016 Male 48 Pilot 360
India
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Tala

Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level while thermalling. Pilot was unable to regain control of the glider and deployed his emergency parachute. Parachute had insufficient height to deploy fully and pilot impacted rocks.

Fatal:
Head Injuries

10 Oct 2016 Male 40 Pilot Herne Bay
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4
None
None

While coastal soaring the pilot was blown back into rotor turbulence by strengthening wind.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

10 Oct 2016 Male 54 Pilot United Kingdom 15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Engine:

Air Conception
Ultra 130

Paramotor pilot posted Airprox having had an encounter with a biplane that appeared to be involved in a display with two balloons. Pilot did not realise the biplane was a full sized manned aircraft, having initially thought it was a drone.

Unhurt
9 Oct 2016 Male 38 CP Mundsley
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 2

Pilot was caught out by strengthening winds and was blown back into a village. While being blown back, pilot pushed off house chimney to avoid standing on roof before crashing through a telephone line and landing in conifers.

Unhurt
3 Oct 2016 Male 18 Pilot Rated United Kingdom 0-5 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
GTS

Engine:

ParaJet
Zenith

Pilot lost control shortly after launch when he discovered a control line was wrapped around one riser. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

2 Oct 2016 Male 55 CP Turkey

Paraglider


During routine kit inspection before start of SIV, reserve deployment failure identified. Damage to harness had most likely happened during accident the previous year. Reserve retaining flap had ripped and reserve had fallen through the hole making deployment impossible. Reserve set up and internal parts of the harness had not been inspected since the accident.

Unhurt
2 Oct 2016 Male 51 CP Cow Close Fell
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Tattoo

Pilot spun glider while soaring in weak conditions. Pilot crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
2 Oct 2016 Male 47 AP Model ridge
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Airwave
Calypso

Experienced pilot I chose to test fly the glider for a beginner. On rigging pilot noticed the compression struts were not totally tight but failed to appreciate that with the particular design if loose they could actually detach. The starboard side detached as the glider came under load and was found inside the sail. The resultant turn was unrecoverable and the glider turned and cartwheeled. Pilot chose to keep hold of the uprights rather than take any head impact. This resulted in both broken upper arms.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

1 Oct 2016 Male 38 CP Not applicable
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Not APPLICABLE

On repacking parachute to new harness pilot found the chute would not deploy without pulling the velcro apart. Also had loose webbing to webbing connection.

Unhurt
27 Sep 2016 Male 0 CP Hill Bornos
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Engine:

Miniplane
Top 80

Student attempted initial launch run but stopped immediately due to strained calf.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 19 February 2018 at 04:30:09 AM

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