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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
17 Aug 2015 Male 47 Pilot Blorenge
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Bi Beta 3

Pilots misjudged approach and landed on the bank of a river. Luckily the glider over flew them and landed on the grass bank.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
15 Aug 2015 Male 54 CP Devils Dyke
United Kingdom


Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio

Pilot took off with the nose up and one wing down. On leaving the ground the glider stall turned and rotated into the hillside.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15 Aug 2015 Male 65 Pilot Devils Dyke
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Carrera

Pilot had mid-air collision with a hang glider having failed to see the glider until too late. Gliders touched wing tips and both were able to land safely.

Unhurt
15 Aug 2015 Male 54 CP Devils Dyke
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Avian
Rio

Hang glider pilot had mid-air collision with paraglider pilot. Paraglider turned to return down ridge but then flew towards hang glider. Hang glider attempted to dive clear but collided. Both were able to land safely.

Unhurt
15 Aug 2015 Male 53 Pilot Witchieknowe
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Atis

Pilot was caught by strong thermic cycle while grouhdhandling causing swift body rotation leading to twisted knee and minor injury. Able to depower wing and regain control without getting dragged. Packed up and walked off hill.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12 Aug 2015 Male 62 Pilot BoPeep
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4

Pilot misjudged wind speed on top landing and landed backwards. Pilot on one side of barbed wire fence and glider on the other. No damage to either.

Unhurt
12 Aug 2015 Male 53 CP Kobala
Slovenia
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Atlas

Pilot misjudged approach and ran out of landing area forcing a turn at low level.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

11 Aug 2015 Male 46 AP Ager - Goal at Vilamitjana
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Moyes
RX

Pilot was on final approach to goal landing field when his base bar struck the ground and the pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

9 Aug 2015 Male 46 AP Spanish pyrenees lakeside
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Moderate

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Moyes
Rx

Pilot misjudged approach and came in with insufficient height to make goal field and landed in a lake. Pilot was rescued with some difficulty by swimmers. Pilot was using 'pin' type hang-strap attachment to keel, rather than the more common carabiner type.

Unhurt
8 Aug 2015 Male 52 CP with sub 20 qualification Disgwylfa Fawr
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Thriller

Pilot failed to control a wingover performed at low level. Pilot managed to steer the wing to prevent 'head on' impact with the hill but landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 February 2018 at 04:30:11 AM

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