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British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
25 Jul 2014 Female 50 P Charbre
France
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Carrera

Pilot had asymmetric collapse while thermalling. The glider cravated resulting in a spiral dive with twisted risers. Pilot deployed parachute but it did not open. Pilot crashed heavily into mountainside.

Seriously Injured
23 Jul 2014 Male 68 Pilot Bo-Peep, E Firle, Sussex
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Airborne
C4

Pilot overshot top landing and attempted to regain height but without success. Pilot made approach for bottom landing but with insufficient airspeed. wing was lifted by thermal and turned glider. Pilot got wings level but too low and landed heavily with speed. Glider nosed in.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

22 Jul 2014 Male 0 Big Collin, Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders

Unqualified and untrained pilot fell2m from harness having failed to re-fasten leg straps after walking back up the hill.

Unhurt
20 Jul 2014 Male 44 Pilot pg Model Ridge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Geo3

Pilot misjudged approach to slope landing and had to abort due to small bushes in approach path. Pilot then dropped suddenly from 2-3m and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

20 Jul 2014 Female 43 Bell Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Mescal 3

Pilot mistimed slope landing flare due to perceived fast approach (possibly due to change in wind direction) and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

14 Jul 2014 Male 60 Pilot Mendlesham tow field
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Aeros
Discus 15

6-8mph 45% cross wind landing, gust/thermal on touchdown, got turned downwind and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

11 Jul 2014 Male 67 Pilot Llangollen
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mamboo

Pilot misjudged wind direction after take off and suffered an asymmetric collapse. Glider turned and landed in trees.

Unhurt
11 Jul 2014 Male 47 EPC+ Lords Seat
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Koyot 2

Student under training had mid-air collision with another paraglider pilot. Both pilots assumed the other had seen them and would take avoiding action having seen the other at some stage. Both pilots were able to continue flying after the collision despite some height loss and landed safely.

Unhurt
9 Jul 2014 Male 34 CP Sopot
Bulgaria
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Phoenix

Pilot stalled glider at 5-10m while attempting to land with excessive brake applied. Landed heavily on feet and back.

Seriously Injured
8 Jul 2014 Male 0 EPC Wetton Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Koyot 2

Student was practising slope landings. This task had already been practised on previous training days. On landing the student flared slightly unevenly causing a slight oscillation. The student put out his hand to steady his landing causing the injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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

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