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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
7 Aug 2014 Male 60 AP Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Nova
Mentor 2

Pilot failed to properly fasten zip on harness. While thermalling he noticed something fall from his harness. His concertina bag had fallen out. Someone else spotted it fall and was able to tell the pilot who later retrieved the bag.

Unhurt
6 Aug 2014 Male 52 AP Chabre south
France
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
T2c

Pilot attempted to launch from a ramp in possible tail/side wind. Glider did not gain sufficient airspeed and subsequently stalled, hitting the hill to the side of the ramp.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

4 Aug 2014 Female 41 Ep Rhossili
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 5

Student was concerned about proximity to slope after successful take off so applied excessive brakes. Realising the error she let up quickly which resulted in the glider diving forward and sustaining an asymmetric collapse. Student crashed into hill but sustained only minor injuries.

Minor Injuries
4 Aug 2014 Male 35 P Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Nevada

Paraglider pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level in turbulent, thermic conditions and was unable to regain control before colliding with the hill. Pilot was unhurt.

Unhurt
2 Aug 2014 Male 43 N/A
United Kingdom


Paraglider
N/A
N/A

Harness chest strap released during flight.

Unhurt
31 Jul 2014 Female 26 CP Marlens
France
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level, possibly due to the glider pitching. The glider rotated and the pilot deployed her parachute but was too low for it to open. Pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

30 Jul 2014 Male 56 Pilot Dunstable Down
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Mac Para
Envy II

Pilot suffered 50% asymmetric collapse at low level while attempting to thermal in turbulent lift. Wing entered spiral and pilot impacted hill heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

30 Jul 2014 Male 60 P Rhossili
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Nevada

Pilot stumbled during reverse launch having been pulled towards the glider.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

29 Jul 2014 Male 57 CP Bell Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Raven

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level and then stalled glider. Pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured
29 Jul 2014 Male 64 CP Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Atis 3

Pilot took off in increasingly gusty and thermic conditions with the prevailing wind at times in excess of 45 degrees off the hill. Shortly after take off the pilot experienced severe thermic turbulence at approx 20-30m. The glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and then further collapses causing the pilot to pendulum into the hillside.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 20 September 2017 at 04:30:34 AM

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