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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
11 Nov 2016 Male 25 CP Ballard Down
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Base

Pilot applied excessive control while turning in to wind for landing due to being lower than anticipated. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse at low level and pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

4 Nov 2016 Male 25 Sirkot
Nepal
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Koyot 3

Nepalese Pilot took off while on an IPPI thermal training course. He flew for approximately ten minutes before being seen in a locked in spiral dive. The pilot did not recover from the spiral dive and crashed.

Fatal
2 Nov 2016 Male 36 Pilot Clough Head
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 9

Pilot received glider back from repair centre to find that a proportion of the brake cascade had not been reconnected.

Unhurt
30 Oct 2016 Male 57 Pilot Fransham
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Paraglider pilot winched up with excessive force during a competition. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
29 Oct 2016 Male 57 Pilot Power Private Field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Apco
Force 2

Engine:


Pilot stalled wing while turning against the torque at low level in attempt to avoid neighbours. Pilot managed to kill engine before heavy impact.

Minor Injuries
29 Oct 2016 Female 39 CP Ager
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Air Design
Rise 2

The pilot lost control of the paraglider in close proximity to the hillside and impacted the ground sustaining fatal injuries.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

23 Oct 2016 Male 37 Pilling
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h

Powered PG
Foot
Jojo Wings
Instinct
Flymecc
LC

Pilot lost control of paramotor at low altitude.

Fatal
22 Oct 2016 Male 57 CP Bo peep
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Yeti

Pilot attempted to top land close to a barbwire fence. Speedbar caught on fence then glider fell on fence.

Unhurt
21 Oct 2016 Male 59 AP Villebois Lavallette
France


Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Koch
Winch

During a routine inspection of the weak link components of a twin drum Koch winch it was found that the aluminium cases that house the aluminium weak links had their ends burred over such that the link would not slide out of the housing. This rendered the weak link inoperative and the force required to break it would have been considerably more than the certified intended force.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
19 Oct 2016 Male 60 CP Devils dyke
United Kingdom


Flexwing Hang Glider
Seedwings
Space

Pilot was struggling to attach nose wires. It transpired that the glider had been in a minor crash on landing and the replaced uprights were too long. The uprights were subsequently changed.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 28 April 2017 at 04:30:06 AM

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