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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
19 Sep 2015 Male 58 AP Marston Airfield
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Dudek
Snake (not xx)
Bulldog
Spirit Moster

Pilot lost control of glider at low level while attempting a high banked turn during slalom practice. During the manoeuvre the pilot noticed the left brake handle had become detached from the brake lines. The pilot was unable to regain control and crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
19 Sep 2015 Male 51 CP Firle
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

While struggling to get feet into new pod harness, pilot lost bearings and flew too close to the slope. Pilot landed in tree.

Unhurt
19 Sep 2015 Male 27 CP Catacol
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon

Paraglider pilots had mid-air collision while soaring a ridge on the Isle of Arran. One pilot deployed his parachute and landed safely, the other impacted with the cliff and sustained serious injuries.

Seriously Injured
19 Sep 2015 Male 55 Pilot Latrigg
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Sup Air
ION 2

While flying tandem, glider suffered asymmetric collapse at low level. Pilot was unable to recover before impacting slope. Passenger landed on pilot, both unhurt.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
19 Sep 2015 Male 45 Cp South Cliffs
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides 4

While on a top to bottom flight a helicopter passed within 100m horizontally and 30m vertically of paraglider pilot. Paraglider turned away from helicopter and landed safely.

Unhurt
19 Sep 2015 Female 0 Trainee City Airport & Heliport Manchester
United Kingdom


Other
Winch/vehicle Tow
Waterbird
M

At some point between a first and second flight one of the harness connectors had become detached. On laughing the pilot went off to one side and the launch was aborted. Pilot landed heavily from 3m.

Minor Injuries:
Thoracic Spine

18 Sep 2015 Male 38 CP Fleetwith Pike
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 2

Pilot lost control of paraglider while in close proximity to fellside, while on cross country flight.

Fatal
16 Sep 2015 Male 47 Pilot Sopot Bulgaria
Bulgaria
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 3

While thermalling close to the treeline, pilot caught wing tip in branches and was pulled into tree.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12 Sep 2015 Male 0 Mendlesham Suffolk
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Moyes

Light aircraft flew across the path of a hang glider that was 300m up on a winch launch. Site was clearly marked. Light aircraft continued unaware of the danger.

Unhurt
9 Sep 2015 Male 51 Pilot Forclas
France
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 7

Pilot was unable to control wing on launch as it came up asymmetrically due to the wind being off centre. Pilot ran off launch area into shrubs and wedged foot.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 June 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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