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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
5 Jul 2013 Male 0 CP Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha

Pilot was seen to be flying with excessive brake throughout his flight. Eventually landed in a tree.

Unhurt
5 Jul 2013 Male 0 CP Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot
Mac Para
Unknown

Pilot was flying with excessive brake and then suffered asymmetric collapse. Glider recovered from collapse but then stalled to ground.

Seriously Injured
2 Jul 2013 Male 55 Pilot Azinha
Portugal
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 4

Pilot attempted to glide to the upwind side of a ridge to find a thermal but was hit by sink before getting over the ridge. This put the pilot on the lee side of the ridge. Pilot tried to escape but suffered 60%asymmetric collapse and was turned into the ground from about 15m.

Seriously Injured
30 Jun 2013 Male 45 CP Tehidy Barton
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Wills Wing
Sport 2

During tow launch pilot allowed glider to lift off too early. It then started to drift and the pilot did not correct the turn. Winch backed off and glider nosed in. Pilot did not let go resulting in broken arm.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

18 Jun 2013 Male 52 Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element

Student told to fly into wind for landing by instructor but elected to do one more figure 8. Student landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

16 Jun 2013 Male 48 Firle
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Cruiser 2

Student fell over while ground handling.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

16 Jun 2013 Male 54 Pilot Borso del Grappa
Italy
10-15 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

Pilot misjudged approached and landed in lee of buildings. Sunk out and landed on parked car.

Minor Injuries
15 Jun 2013 Male 54 Pilot Panettone
Italy
5-10 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 4

Pilot ran out of landing area due to 'S' turn approach and tried to 'mush' glider in to land. Due to lack of airspeed the glider stalled from approx 5m. The pilot landed heavily on his back.

Minor Injuries
10 Jun 2013 Male 57 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides

While on first inflation walk forwards the student lifted his legs and came down on his backside. Student bent finger.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

10 Jun 2013 Male 52 Pilot Wrekin
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Factor

Pilot attempted to launch glider in windy conditions but was dragged back and over spine ridge. Pilot unhurt.

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

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