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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
9 Aug 2018 Male 0 St Bees
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Little Cloud

Pilot impacted slope while on downwind beat.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

9 Aug 2018 Male 63 Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Triton 2

Pilot was crossing a narrow valley and got into strong sink. Unable to turn due to trees, power lines and road, impacted on slope.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

7 Aug 2018 Male 56 AP Long Mynd
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Moyes
RX3.5 pro

Pilot took off into extreme turbulence, possibly caused by a dust devil, and was turned down wind into the hill. Pilot was able to flare hard and prevent significant damage to himself and the glider.

Unhurt
5 Aug 2018 Male 39 High and Over school field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student appeared to land well, into wind and with a good flare. However, he aggravated an old ankle injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

2 Aug 2018 Male 50 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 4

Day 2 student landed heavily on low hop flight due to erratic control inputs and insufficient flare.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

1 Aug 2018 Male 37 CP Ringstead
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Hook 2
?
?

Pilot lost balance and fell while turning to face glider.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

31 Jul 2018 Male 0 Ringstead
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
ICARO
Laminar

Pilot landed cross-wind and slightly banked. Heavy landing broke carbon fibre base bar.

Unhurt
30 Jul 2018 Male 65 CP Annecy - Roche Rouge
France
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while thermal soaring. The gliders became tangled and the other pilot deployed his parachute. The gliders then separated and the pilot was able to land his glider in the landing field. The other pilot landed in trees under his parachute.

Unhurt
26 Jul 2018 Male 48 CP Trainion St Geniez
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Atlas

Pilot was ridge soaring with two other pilots when after some 20 minutes of normal flight his glider suffered a collapse, which resulted in a rapid spinning descent to the ground.

Fatal
26 Jul 2018 Male 55 Pilot Cwmafan
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 9

Pilot stalled glider on approach attempting to land in a small landing area. Pilot had take wraps in order to slow the glider.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 19 November 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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