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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
12 Jun 2002 Male 38 Club Pilot Dune De Pyla
France
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Swing
Arcus

Inexperienced pilot caught in venturi effect whilst ridge soaring. He bagan to drift backwards over the ridge and collided with a tree injuring his arm.

broken arm/ elbow La Teste - casualty in Bordeaux- France
8 Jun 2002 Male 27 Club Pilot Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
FreeX
Oxygen

During wingovers canopy collapsed then recovered violently breaking several lines. Pilot deployed parachute.

Cut through left eyebrow, bruises, shock and damaged ego!
8 Jun 2002 Male 42 Club Pilot Hive Beach
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Alto

Pilot flying coastal ridge misjudged wind strength and direction and was unable to fly back to his launch point. He attemptted to top land the cliff site but flew into turbulent air behind the ridge, causing his glider to drop.

Bumps and Bruises
8 Jun 2002 Male 50 Club Pilot Hillend
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Epsilon

Pilot launched into turbulent conditions resulting in the canopy pitching forward and backwards and finally entering a 180 degree spin. With insufficient height to recover the pilot impacted the hill.

Bruising to left shin & impact to small of back
4 Jun 2002 Male 46 Club Pilot Kimmeridge
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Edel
Atlas

Following launch the pilot noticed that the right control line was looped around another line. The pilot was able to slope land.

4 Jun 2002 Male 27 Constitution Hill, Aberystwyth
United Kingdom


Flexwing Hang Glider


Report received from AAIB of hang glider crash.

Uspecified
4 Jun 2002 Male 27 Club Pilot United Kingdom 16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Harley
Scirocco

The pilot followed ridge to a position in which the ridge and wind direction were almost parallel. As he was unable to penetrate back upwind the pilot attempted to land on a small grassy area, turbulence led to a frontal collapse pilot impacted rocks.

Cuts, bruises, Muscle & ligament Damage, Spine Trauma Ambulance to A & E Aberistwith
1 Jun 2002 Male 38 Club Pilot United Kingdom 16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Up
Malaku

During landing the canopys wing tip fell onto a pilot. The pilot then noticed a line trapped in the Brummel hook on the speed system. The line had been damaged by the hook. The diameter of the gap in the hooks was smaller than line diameter.

1 Jun 2002 Male 49 Pilot Mont Sarha
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Icaro
Atos

Illegible - can only glean that pilot misjudged landing approach which resulted in a crash.

Broken Ulnar- L Cracked Humerus- R Ambulance to Huddersfield Hospital
31 May 2002 Male 37 Pilot Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Trekking
Dynasty

Three pilots on converging flight paths non of them took appropriate avoiding action resulting in them narrowley missing each other.

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

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