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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
20 Jan 2015 Male 41 Bunster (PSA)
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Vibe

Pilot was seen to be attempting uncoordinated wing overs and spirals at low level, before losing control and impacting heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

17 Jan 2015 Male 56 Instructor Jenny cliff
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Avax xc3

Pilot was attempting a top landing when wind changed direction. Pilot went round again but wind dropped forcing pilot to bottom land when tide was in and no real bottom landing available. Pilot got wet feet and wet equipment.

Unhurt
3 Jan 2015 Male 65 Pilot Omeath
Ireland
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon4

Pilot stalled wing having applied excessive brake in an attempt to clear rocks, landing heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

29 Dec 2014 Male 51 Pilot Devils Dyke
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
Flight Design
Exxtacy

Pilot took off with nose cone not fully fixed in position. This caused the glider to become very difficult to control as it wanted to pitch down. Pilot was able to make a controlled, but heavy, bottom landing.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

29 Dec 2014 Male 65 Pilot Devils Dyke
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Carrera
Gin Gliders
Genie Lite

Pilot noticed that the that the speed system pulleys on the risers appeared to be in different positions, one being lower than the other. On inspection, the pulley strap on the RH riser was found to have torn its stitching and was coming away from the riser.

Unhurt
29 Dec 2014 Male 52 Pilot Herne Bay
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Solar Wings
Rumour 1

Pilot attempted to take off in turbulent air and was unable to gain enough airspeed to become properly airborne. Glider became caught on bushes and crashed down a small cliff.

Minor Injuries
28 Dec 2014 Male 50 AP St Catherines
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mantra M6

Pilot fell over on take off, on uneven ground.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

22 Dec 2014 Male 42 AP N/a
United Kingdom


Paraglider


During repack and annual inspection (with a licenced packer) it was noted that the rubber bands used last year had degraded, broken and stuck to some of the lines on the reserve canopy causing staining in some areas. The licenced packer stated he had never seen this kind of deterioration before.

Unhurt
20 Dec 2014 Male 41 Pilot Perranporth
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
Talon

Pilot was too slow on approach causing the glider to drop a wing. Pilot lost control of the glider while attempting to correct the turn. Landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
16 Dec 2014 Male 30 Gribbles
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Student was slope landing, landed awkwardly, twisted lower leg, on grassy terrain. He mention that he might have turned into the hill too much at last moment.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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

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