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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
5 Jul 2017 Male 62 Pilot Moreton Common
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Niviuk
Kougar 2

Engine:

TechnoFly
Octagon (Nitro)

Pilot was walking towards wing with engine running (warm up phase) when it went to full power and throttle cable caught in propeller, pulling hand backwards through netting into spinning propeller as he fell sideways onto ground.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Jul 2017 Male 48 Pilot Parafest N Wales
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Engine:

Wasp
EOS100

Pilot made emergency landing having lost power. Discovered exhaust had fallen off and gone through prop. Fuel tank had also ruptured and was spraying fuel.

Unhurt
26 Jun 2017 Male 37 CP Barton on sea
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mentor 2

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while performing wing overs. Pilot crashed into hillside having drifted back into an area of turbulence.

Minor Injuries
25 Jun 2017 Male 28 Pilot 'Stella' - Bassano
Italy
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Atlas

Pilot took, off with slight tailwind and was unable to clear trees in front of take-off.

Minor Injuries
19 Jun 2017 Female 0 CP Blorenge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Geronimo

Pilot encountered sink over a town and was unable to make the landing field. Pilot was forced to make an emergency landing by the side of a busy road. On approach the glider became caught on a lamp post suspending the pilot 1m above the ground.

Unhurt
19 Jun 2017 Male 68 Pilot Col de Forclaz
France
10-15 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Atis4

Pilot suffered frontal collapse while thermalling close to the ridge in strong thermic conditions. Pilot was blown into the slope and glider caught in a small tree.

Unhurt
18 Jun 2017 Male 46 CP High Wheeldon
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Mac Para
Muse 4
N/A

Pilot was attempting to make a slope landing but thought he was too low to clear a fence that ran down the slope across his path. Instead of turning away from the hill the pilot turned towards the hill and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18 Jun 2017 Female 0 None Mt Caburn
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 4

Student didn't flare fully on landing from low hop flight. Student landed seated and caught foot, twisting ankle.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17 Jun 2017 Male 37 Pilot Merthyr
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot noticed clip on harness chest buckle was not right as 'release button' had gone inside the buckle. Pilot adjusted the buckle but was able to pull buckle open with minimal force.

16 Jun 2017 Male 37 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 4

On launching pilot was caught out by a gust. Pilot was blown back into the car park and collided with a parked car.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 20 September 2017 at 04:30:34 AM

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