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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 May 2014 Male 58 AP Uffington
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Avax XC2

Pilot continued scratching in increasingly light conditions. Hit sink and harness caught a tree causing risers to become twisted. Pilot flew into beech trees and luckily had a light landing. No damage to pilot or glider.

Unhurt
12 May 2014 Male 55 Pilot Col d'Ares
Spain


Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Factor

Pilot encountered strong wind gradient on final approach and suspects he may have stalled glider (possibly due to having taken wraps), while trying to "S" turn off excess height.

Seriously Injured
11 May 2014 Male 59 Ronda la Vieja
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element

Student approached for a top landing. Student came in slightly cross wind and did not get fully out of harness. Student caught outstretched leg on landing.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

4 May 2014 Male 44 Pilot Southbourne
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 6

Pilot crashed into cliff having lost height in a turn. Pilot can not explain why incident occurred as glider was flying normally.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

2 May 2014 Male 54 Pilot Creag Meagaidh
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Weather had changed and wind on hill had started going across, air was effected by close proximity of upwind ridge. Pilot was caught off balance, pulled forward and downhill after glider unexpectantly pitched forward at launch. Arrested fall sustaining injury. Successful re-launch followed to land easily at base of hill.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Apr 2014 Female 39 P Mam Tor
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Icepeak 6

Pilot landed then almost immediately took off again. During landing and taking off the end of the chest strap became trapped in the speed system resulting in the speed system being fully applied on one side. With difficulty the pilot managed to control a long slow turn to execute a safe landing.

Unhurt
18 Apr 2014 Male 0 Pilot Pontlottyn
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mantra M2

Pilot took off and flew between model aircraft and its controller. Controller lost sight of model and it struck pilot on the knee.

Unhurt
18 Apr 2014 Male 0 Pilot Pandy, SE Wales
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 2

On approach to top landing the pilot had a mid-air collision with another paraglider at approx 10m AGL. Pilot deployed parachute but was too low. Both pilots sustained minor injuries.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14 Apr 2014 Male 67 AP Frocester
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Gin Gliders
Boomerang x

Pilot hit turbulence and glider stalled into trees. Pilot fell through trees onto slope and was unhurt.

Unhurt
14 Apr 2014 Male 61 Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint Evo

Pilot had mid-air collision with polystyrene model glider having flown between the model and it's controller. Model became entangled in the glider lines but the pilot was able to bottom land safely.

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

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