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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
14 Sep 2014 Male 37 CP Col de Forclaz
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4

Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while ridge soaring. The pilot found he could not turn right to take avoiding action as the two gliders in front of him both turned back along the ridge leaving him on a head on course with one of them.

Unhurt
14 Sep 2014 Male 34 CP Ogwen valley
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Ozone
Firefly

Pilot attempted to reverse launch without first clearing his control lines. Pilot was lifted up out of control and with twisted risers. Glider turned along ridge and dumped pilot into rocks.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

13 Sep 2014 Male 54 Pilot Mercury
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Hook 2

Paraglider had mid-air collision with a model aircraft. Pilot was able to land safely with model trapped in lines. Minor damage to model.

Unhurt
11 Sep 2014 Male 50 Elementary Pilot Darley Moor Airfield
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Element

Student made successful flight from the winch but stumbled backwards on landing injuring his ankle.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

8 Sep 2014 Male 53 CP Montmin
France
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio

Hang glider pilot had mid-air collision with paraglider pilot while thermalling. Paraglider deployed parachute and landed in trees unhurt. Hang glider pilot was able to land safely.

Unhurt
6 Sep 2014 Female 48 CP Tinto N
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Having completed a short top to bottom flight and carried the glider back to launch, the pilot noticed that some lines had become detached. One of the maillons on an A riser had become undone.

Unhurt
5 Sep 2014 Male 25 CP Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4

Pilot encountered sink so headed for landing field. Wind changed direction and pilot was caught by rotor causing asymmetric collapse and spiral. Glider recovered at 1m and pilot clipped hillside before recovering control and flying to landing area.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

31 Aug 2014 Female 37 CP Bossington
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Pilot noticed conditions were changing so elected to top land. Severe turbulence encountered on approach causing large asymmetric collapse. Pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured
31 Aug 2014 Male 42 Pilot United Kingdom 5-10 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Avax XC 3

On turning to face his glider after landing a line became caught in the screw mechanism that holds the visor. Pilot discovered that the screw was a little slack but could still catch a line even after tightening as the mechanism and helmet are not flush.

Unhurt
31 Aug 2014 Male 47 AP Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Avax XC2

Pilot spun glider at low level attempting to turn in a thermal. Pilot tried to throw parachute but violent surge prevented this. As the glider dived towards the ground it reinflated and became caught on a branch high in a tree. This resulted in the pilot skimming the ground and suffering only minor bruising.

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

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