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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
16 Jun 2017 Male 37 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 4

On launching pilot was caught out by a gust. Pilot was blown back into the car park and collided with a parked car.

Unhurt
16 Jun 2017 Male 42 Pilot Sandymouth bay
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 9

Pilot was caught out by switching light winds while attempting a coastal ridge run. Pilot was forced to land in small cove having got too low to land anywhere else.

Unhurt
16 Jun 2017 Male 55 Pilot Dunstable
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 2

Pilot failed to asses fluctuating wind direction while making landing approach and flew through rotor turbulence. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Internal Injuries

16 Jun 2017 Male 55 Pilot Butser hill west
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Trekking
Senso

Pilot was blown back over launch in breezy conditions and suffered a frontal collapse when trying to push forwards. Glider entered spiral and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

14 Jun 2017 Male 52 Pilot Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Carrera

Pilot was ground handling when airborne pilot flew into his wing. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

14 Jun 2017 Male 32 CP Mere, Rifle Range
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides 2

Pilot lost control of glider while inflating glider in breezy conditions. Pilot was pulled back towards fence but was able to step over. Parachute deployment handle got caught on the fence, pulling it from it's container.

Unhurt
13 Jun 2017 Male 50 Bedlinog
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5
Gin
Basis

Student failed to flare properly and landed in a seated position.

Minor Injuries
6 Jun 2017 Male 62 Pilot (Hill) Sopot
Bulgaria
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
EPSILON 8

Pilot lost control of glider on launch and impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured
4 Jun 2017 Male 52 Pilot Bradwell edge
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint evo

Pilot spun glider while attempting to bottom land in strong windy and thermic conditions. Pilot saved serious injury as he landed in a tree.

Unhurt
3 Jun 2017 Male 38 Pilot Buttermere Moss
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot


While flying a speed glider (Ozone Rapido 13) using a Gin Speedride harness the left side under arm plastic adjuster snapped mid barrell roll rapidly unloading the wing. The harness has a secondary strap which took the strain but the result was rapid weight shift to that side. The glider unloaded losing some pressure but did not collapse. Pilot was able to allow the wing to fly and landed safely.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 October 2017 at 04:33:10 AM

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