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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
5 Oct 2014 Male 55 Pilot Knitson Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mantra 4

Pilot encountered turbulence while trying to manage a low save. The glider suffered an asymmetric collapse on one tip then the other. As the glider recovered the pilot pendulumed under the glider and impacted the ridge.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

3 Oct 2014 Male 0 SE landing of Lijar
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Engine:

Parajet
Zenith

Student lifted leg too early while attempting second powered flight. Prop broke and pilot did not back off power as instructed and was pushed over.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Oct 2014 Male 46 AP Rushup Edge
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Omega 8

Pilot was continually 'buzzed' by a quadcopter. Pilot suspects the quad was being flown remotely without line of sight using goggles. After coming very close on a couple of accessions the pilot landed, concerned of the risk of collision. The drone pilot could not be identified.

Unhurt
30 Sep 2014 Male 42 CP Newhaven
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 4

Pilot was attempting to soar coastal cliffs but was unable to stay up. He landed on a stretch of exposed rocky shore and the glider became tangled in the rocks. As the tide was coming in the pilot was forced to leave the glider and recover it later that day.

Unhurt
30 Sep 2014 Male 49 CP Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 4

While attempting to soar coastal cliffs the pilot began to sink out. He then flew on to an area where he hoped there would be lift but continued to descend. The pilot landed on a section of exposed rocky beach. The glider came down in the water and became entangled on the rocks. As the tide was coming in the pilot was forced to abandon the glider and recover it later in the day at low tide.

Unhurt
29 Sep 2014 Male 28 CP Mt Caburn
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot made tight turn in small thermal and spun glider. Pilot recovered wing but did not have enough height to prevent impact with hillside.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28 Sep 2014 Male 45 CP/Pilot Beachy Head
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Peak 2

Pilot was seen to be practicing extreme wing overs shortly before crashing.

Seriously Injured
27 Sep 2014 Male 0 Clatter
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot


Unknown pilot landed in trees.

Unhurt
23 Sep 2014 Male 59 CP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Pro Design
Accura

Pilot mistimed approach to top landing and made final turn too late. Pilot landed with sideways momentum and caught foot.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

19 Sep 2014 Male 53 CP High and Over
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown
Unknown

Pilot panicked after suspecting leg straps were not fastened and almost landed downwind. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 22 November 2017 at 04:30:05 AM

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