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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
5 May 2001 Male 48 Pilot Near Doncaster
United Kingdom


Powered HG
Powered
Wing:

Engine:


Farmer found pilot in field with serious head injuries.

Serious head injuries, unconscious for several days. Possible brain injury. Right ulna fracture.
5 May 2001 Male 39 Club Pilot Chirk Airfield
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Advance
Epsillon 3 (Medium)

Following a tow launch the pilot flew downwind to the landing area had insufficient height to make final turn into wind.

Double fracture of right tibia and fibula.
5 May 2001 Male 50 Club Pilot Reighton
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Apco
Fiesta

Pilot seen to be flying well behind the cliff edge. Canopy then seen to enter several severe manouevres before pilot impacted cliff top.

Fractured (R) tibia and fibula, (L) ankle, sternum and ribs on left side.
5 May 2001 Male 33 Club Pilot Westward Ho
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Firebird
G Sport

Pilot became aware that the wind had picked up, could not penetrate forward resulting in him being blown back over the cliff top, cliiped roof of bungalow before crashing.

Sprained wrist
1 May 2001 Female 51 Pilot




Parachute would not pull free from the harness.

13 Apr 2001 Male 54 Cranes Corner
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Variable

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Hi Way
Stubby

Student veered off course during tow launch, attempted to correct the turn but had insufficient airspeed, Student swung through control frame.

Broken upper arm.
10 Apr 2001 Male 29 Pilot United Kingdom

Paraglider
APCO
Futura

Canopy fabric discovered to be 1/2 the minimum strength during inspection.

3 Apr 2001 Male 55 Reading Leisure Centre Repack
United Kingdom





At BFR reserve deployed with centre pull line over canopy, - re-packed inside out.

1 Apr 2001 Male 33 Club Pilot Babadag
Turkey
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Carbon

Pilot attempted to launch was dragged and became tangled in the lines of his friends canopy and then became airborne with friends canopy wrapped around his head. Another pilot assisted in bringing him down.

Grazes.
31 Mar 2001 Male 47 Lady Manners School Buxton
United Kingdom





Re-pack night several parachute problems discovered.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 18 October 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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