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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
25 Apr 2002 Male 36 Pilot Shinning Tor
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Avian
Amour159

Following a short xc flight the pilot misjudged his approach into a field clipping the roof of a barn on his final turn into wind. The glider rotated left and then inverted.

Sprained Left Wrist Bruised Hip
24 Apr 2002 Male 44 Pilot Hill Farm, Norfolk.
8-16 km/h
Variable

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Off Piste
Discovery

Engine:

Radne 120

During flight a spring from the exhaust broke from its mounting and fell into the propellor which catapulted it into the sail causing a tear.

24 Apr 2002 Male 41 Club Pilot Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Avian
Rio

Engine:


During an early power launch the pilot released the power once airborne and then immediately flared the glider causing the right wing to stall and touch the ground, the glider rotaed about this wing and impacted the ground.

21 Apr 2002 Male 25 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
FreeX
Sun

Student tripped and fell whilst ground handling the canopy.

Unspecified injury to R arm/shoulder.
20 Apr 2002 Male 19 Barton
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Swing
Mistral

During a tow launch the canopy gained 6ft altitude before descending due to lack of tension - as it did so the pilots body rotated resulting in the injury.

Unspecified injury to left leg.
20 Apr 2002 Male 44 Pilot Steyning
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Trekking
Dynasty

Flying in turbulent conditions encountered sinking air as he turned away from the ridge. This resulted in him sinking below the ridge and approaching a tree, the pilots attemps to turn away from the tree were too late.

20 Apr 2002 Female 42 Advanced Pilot Darley Mook
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Aero Tow
Airwave
Fly 2

During a tandem aerotow launch turbulence caused the weak link to break. The pilot flew a downwind leg followed by an attempt to turn into wind. With insufficient height to complete the turn the pilot landed cross wind, hitting a fence.

Sore back
19 Apr 2002 Male 42 Advanced Pilot Olivers Castle
United Kingdom

Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Swing
Mistral

Pilot became lost during xc flight. Helipcopter approached and circled him. Pilot landed and was met by military police who cautioned him.

17 Apr 2002 Male 25 Club Pilot Kimmeridge
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Ignition

Inexperienced pilot attempted 360 degree turn with insufficient height - impacted the hill.

FR both wrists, possible L ankle, bruising etc to face, concussion.
15 Apr 2002 Male 41 Ruddlers West
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Apco
Prima

Following a successful forward inflation the right control was applied for no apparent reason causing the canopy to bank and pull the pilot over.

FR elbow
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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