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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
7 Jun 2015 Male 66 Pilot/Coach Long Mountain
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 9

Pilot took off into lift and felt a very strong 'gust front'. Really strong and struggled to penetrate. Wing oscillating, active flying. The right side of the wing veered violently and without warning entered a fast spin. Pilot recovered but then went parachutal hitting the ground on his back from 6m.

Unhurt
7 Jun 2015 Male 34 CP Eggardon
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Arcus4

Pilot glided further than anticipated and needed to turn to avoid a hedge. He over controlled and banked the wing. The resulting swing lead to a hard landing with ankle sprain.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

6 Jun 2015 Male 42 Pilot Cambridge Aerotow
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Rigid Hang Glider
Aero Tow
AIR
Atos VQ

Pilot suffered weak link failure at 20-30m. Pilot landed on feet in a stream.

Unhurt
4 Jun 2015 Male 50 Pilot Beachy head
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Atlas

Pilot misjudged top landing approach in thermic conditions and collided with another pilot who was standing on the ground. The pilot on the ground suffered the loss of a tooth.

Minor Injuries
3 Jun 2015 Male 38 CP White Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Wasp

Pilot landed in light winds but foot hit a tractor wheel rut resulting in fracture.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

3 Jun 2015 Male 38 Pilot White Hill
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone

Pilot misjudged approach and landed with excess speed in a vehicle rut.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

30 May 2015 Male 0 Frocester
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
UP

Pilot took off into sinking air, which put him on a collision course with a tree. In attempting to avoid the tree the pilot spun the glider which then landed in the tree. The pilot came to rest 1m above the ground.

Unhurt
30 May 2015 Male 37 CP Buttermere Moss
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Leeside
Paraglider
Nova
Ion 3

Pilot miscalculated landing approach in changeable and gusty conditions. Pilot inadvertently stalled his glider trying to turn on realising his final approach would take him into a lake. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
30 May 2015 Male 0 Unknown Frocester
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
Solar

Pilot was seen to land downwind having made no attempt to turn into wind or remove his legs from his harness. Pilot was unconscious for 15 mins after incident.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

30 May 2015 Female 20 Buttermere Moss
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Icaro
Acro model unknown

The incident occurred following an acro routine by the incident pilot at a flying event. The pilot (from France) misjudged her landing approach and executed a low dynamic turn into wind. The significant height loss during the turn led to the pilot impacting parked vehicles.

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

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