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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
21 Jun 2015 Female 0 Cp hill Levante
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Geo

Pilot took off into thermal cycle and was lifted in strong lift up 150 feet and sideways to the left. The glider then suffered a 50% asymmetric collapse which resulted in the glider spiralling into the ground.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

19 Jun 2015 Male 44 AP Firle
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Magnum 2

Tandem pilot followed solo pilot into a thermal but solo pilot wast gust stalled leaving tandem nowhere to go. Tandem pilot deliberately stalled his glider to avoid a collision. Landed heavily but unhurt.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
18 Jun 2015 Male 48 Pilot Bell hill
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Atlas

Pilot landed awkwardly on uneven ground and twisted ankle which subsequently turned out to be fractured.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

12 Jun 2015 Male 59 CP Treak Cliff
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mantra 4

No description given

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

11 Jun 2015 Male 43 CP Barkin Fell
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila

Pilot attempted to take off on a steep slope about 10m upwind of a wall. Strong wind and thermals contributed to loss of control of the glider whilst ground handling. Wing dragged pilot back up the slope and over the wall causing the injuries.

Minor Injuries
8 Jun 2015 Male 0 Pilot Pendle (normal NW face)
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mantra

Control inputs made by the pilot when responding to collapses and cravats in turbulent conditions led to the wing entering a deep stall to the ground.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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

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