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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
4 May 2015 Male 0 Pilot Strete
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Swift 2

Pilot got to end of beat on a wooded, coastal cliff and, knowing there was a glider behind him, shouted "turn", expecting the other pilot to react. Pilot found himself on a head-on course and so turned tightly causing the glider to spin. Pilot landed in trees

Unhurt
27 Apr 2015 Male 62 Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 3
Gin
Gingo II

Pilot dropped out of thermal while low over trees. Turned away but stabile line caught branch and turned pilot into another tree.

Unhurt
26 Apr 2015 Male 31 Pilot Llangollen
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong
Front Influence
Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Java

Pilot attempted to return to ridge having gone over the back. Pilot realised he was not going to make it and turned downwind to try and escape any turbulence. Pilot encountered turbulence on final approach and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

23 Apr 2015 Male 37 Pilot Bo Peep
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta

Pilot loses control of his glider at low level and impacts heavily.

Unhurt
21 Apr 2015 Male 0 CP Mam Tor
United Kingdom


Paraglider


During a pre-flight check, pilot noticed that harness buckle had failed. The spring return on one of the locking clips on the buckle failed, preventing the buckle from fully closing and locking.

Unhurt
21 Apr 2015 Female 0 EP Latrigg
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Wave

Student over flew landing area and on approach flew into a tree.

Unhurt
18 Apr 2015 Male 40 AP Sharpenhoe Clappers
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Evo2

Pilot took off and balaclava slipped down over his eyes. Pilot was able to restore some visibility and was able to bottom land.

Unhurt
17 Apr 2015 Male 71 AP Beadlam Rigg
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
U2

Pilot made final approach with insufficient airspeed. Landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15 Apr 2015 Male 52 Pilot Rybury
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Omega 8

The pilot tried to 360 in front of the hill and pulled on excessive inside brake to avoid the hill. The inside wing stalled and the glider entered a spin. The glider recovered after a 180 degree turn in the direction of the hill. The pilot was fortunate in that he glanced rather than impacted the hill.

Unhurt
15 Apr 2015 Male 56 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint EVO

Pilot was caught out by strengthening wind and was unable to penetrate. Just before touching down, a gust lifted the pilot and dropped him in a bush.

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

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