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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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
31 May 2002 Male 37 Club Pilot Le Reward
France
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Nova
Carbon

Pilot misjudged suitability of field for landing following a cross country flight, narrowly avoided power lines and an electric fence, and in the process caused the glider to spin 180 degrees resulting in the pilot landing heavily on his back.

Compressed L2 vertibrae- fracture; To hospital in Central Annecy
31 May 2002 Male 52 Darley Moor
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Icaro
Mars

Student pushed out during tow launch causing the gliders left wing to stall, the glider turned and the left wing tip hit the ground.

Bruised right leg anmd shoulder
28 May 2002 Male 47 Paravion


Paraglider


Parachute bridle shortened. When re-attached to the harness the carabiner would prize the stitching apart.

27 May 2002 Male 32 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
2- One



Broken Ulna & Radius
24 May 2002 Male Club Pilot Field, Roxton Road, Chawston, Beds
United Kingdom


Paraglider


Report received from AAIB - low level paraglider collapse.

Fatal.
12 May 2002 Male 46 Club Pilot Kimmeridge
United Kingdom


Paraglider


Helicopter flew low over site.

12 May 2002 Male 55 Club Pilot Little Atherfield Farm
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Turbulent

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Wills Wing Eagle 164

Engine:

Doodlebug Power Unit

First landing approach was too high, pilot made a second attmept which was still too high. He overshot and flew to an alternative field but flew into rotor behind a hedge causing the aircraft to stall twice before impacting the ground.

Knocked unconcious, Bleeding from nose, general bruising.
12 May 2002 Male 53 Pilot Thornhill
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Aero Tow
Solar Wings
Scandal Xkr

Pilot misjudged landing approach and undershot the intended landing field. He collided with a tall bush resulting in the glider sustaining structural damage.

11 May 2002 Female 43 Club Pilot Bossington
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Matrix

Following a soaring flight the pilot flew downwind at 500ft agl to land at the car park. At 250ft the canopy suffered a major collapse. The pilot chose to throw her emergency parachute which opened immediately. She landed uninjured.

11 May 2002 Male 35 Club Pilot West Firle
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Reverse)
Swing
Mistral 2

Pilot performing 360 degree turns whilst low. During one turn the glider encountered sinking air with the result that he was unable to complete the turn, the pilot impacted the hill.

Cracked/Fractured L1 Vertibrae
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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