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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
20 May 2001 Male 43 Club Pilot Private Airfield Nr Bury St Edmunds.
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Aero Tow
Moyes
5*6

Pilot failed to correct turn during launch.

None
20 May 2001 Male 24 Curium
Cyprus
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Reggae

Student tried to pull himself into the harness seat by pulling on the A risers glider lost altitude pilot hit the ground.

Minor cuts to legs
16 May 2001 Male 24 Tegelberg
Germany
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Firebird
Ignition

Student failed to follow instructions given over the radio and flew into an area known to be turbulent. Canopy suffered a 60% asymmetric collapse on the left wing the canopy turned through 180 degrees and the student impacted a tree.

None
13 May 2001 Male 49 Club Pilot Oludenize
Turkey
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Swing
Arcus

Pilot following radio instruction flew out to sea too far to return to shore. Realised too late that the instructions were meant for someone else.

9 May 2001 Male 50 Audou
Crete
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Apco
Futura 42

Pilot misjudged glide angle was unable to reach landing field, forced to land in olive grove.

Fractured ankle.
8 May 2001 Male 41 Pilot Crimdon Dene
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Edel
Saber (Medium)

Pilot noticed b & c risers slack. Landed and rectified the problem.

6 May 2001 Male 61 Advanced Pilot Poppitt Sands
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Moyes
Sx4 13.9

Pilot launched into strong turbulent conditions, went prone in harness. The glider then stalled and the pilot swung throught the control frame.

Cuts to nose and left eyelid - surgery to replace skin. Facial bruising.
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.
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 April 2019 at 05:45:08 AM

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