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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
14 Aug 2016 Male 36 Moel Elio
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Discus

Student sprained ankle on take off run.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

9 Aug 2016 Male 38 Pilot Liddington Castle
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Air Design
Volt 2

Pilot suffered large deflation while on bar and at altitude while on XC. Glider entered cascade and despite 4 attempts to stall out, pilot ended up with large cravat. Pilot opted to deploy parachute as he could not guarantee being able to land safely. Parachute deployed but downplayed with glider. Pilot landed in trees uninjured.

Unhurt
6 Aug 2016 Male 54 Pilot Newgale
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Apco
Game 42

Tandem passenger tripped during launch twisting fingers.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

6 Aug 2016 Male 43 CP Rybury
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 6

Pilot sustained asymmetric collapse while ridge soaring in strong, gusty and thermic conditions. Pilot could not regain control of the glider before impacting heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

30 Jul 2016 Male 49 Pilot Plaine Joux
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Pilot was caught out by deteriorating weather and was forced to land on hard ground in lee of ridge and trees. Pilot landed heavily in PLF position.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

30 Jul 2016 Male 53 CP Moel Famau
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor4

Pilot collided with (unspecified) obstacle while on final approach.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

23 Jul 2016 Male 53 CP Eype
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Ignition

Pilot took off without adequate pre-flight check and took off in front of approaching pilot.

Unhurt
23 Jul 2016 Male 40 Pilot Rybury
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Immediately after taking off the pilot put his feet into his pod and one of the pod support strings snapped. Pilot top landed and made repair.

Unhurt
22 Jul 2016 Male 64 CP Branscombe
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown

Pilot applied excessive control on final approach to top landing. Glider stalled at approx 6m and pilot landed heavily.

Unhurt
19 Jul 2016 Male 49 High and Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Student had been briefed for soaring and slope landing. After take-off, he turned right then weight shifted hard right and steered towards the hill. He was instructed to turn out from the hill (over the radio), but continued to fly towards the hill and connected, putting his hand out to stop himself.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 July 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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