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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
17 Mar 2002 Male 33 Club Pilot Darley Moor
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Airwave
Calypso

At 120ft during tow launch the pilot released the line completely from his chest release. He then pushed out causing the glider to stall. During the stall the glider turned out of wind, at 20 ft the pilot stalled the glider again impacting the ground.

Light bruising
17 Mar 2002 Male Horse Leys Farm
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Airwave
Magic Iv Fr

Pilot being towed behind land rover usng climbing rope with no weak link or release at either end. Glider drifted off course and impacted the ground.

FR ribs, punctured lung, concussion, DL shoulder.
17 Mar 2002 Male 37 Club Pilot Atherfield
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Airwave
Alto

Following launch the pilot to a steeper cliff area in search of stronger lift. The air in this area was quite turbulent. As the pilot turned the glider it caught by a gust and the pilot impacted the cliff with his ankle. He flew to the beach to land.

FR/DL ankle
13 Mar 2002 Male 24 Novice Morroco
Morocco


Paraglider




DISPLACED VERTEBRA. POSSIBLE SPINAL INJURY
26 Feb 2002 Male 32 Club Pilot Jama Tenerife
Spain
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Fiesta
S

Newly qualified pilot confused instructions to another pilot for his own - he turned left following launch into the hillside as he felt he might collide with a lorry driving up the road in front of launch.

Two fractured vertebrae
24 Feb 2002 Male 52 Club Pilot Alicante
Spain


Paraglider


No details.

Fatal.
17 Feb 2002 Male 46 Advanced Pilot West Firle
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h

Paraglider


Tandem pilot seen to launch into very strong conditions. When landing he was dragged backwards through a barbed wire fence.

Cuts to face.
12 Feb 2002 Male 47 Pilot Sierra De Lujar
Spain
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Ozone
Electron

Following a 6000ft top to bottom flight the pilot failed to turn into wind whilst high enough - he therefore decided to land downwind at which point he noticed a 3ft high wall. With no time for alternative options he flew into the wall.

Compound fracture to femur (L). Blood loss.
31 Jan 2002 Male 40 Club Pilot Stanage Edge
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Hi Way
Vision 5

Pilot flew too far behind rocky cliff edge, he lost altitude and crashed amongst the rocks.

Three fractured vertebrae Fr (R) arm Fr (R) elbow Cut lip/bruising.
18 Jan 2002 Male 36 Soo (Lanzarotte)
Spain
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Off Piste
Discovery

Student flew downwind and crashed into the top of the mountain following several successful soaring beats.

Fr (R) foot.
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 October 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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