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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
22 May 2013 Male 46 Pilot Hayle Towans
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Little Cloud
Spiruline 3

Pilot was "too lazy" to walk up and so decided to top land. Was caught out by rotor and glider sustained a full frontal collapse. Pilot impacted hard from 10m.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

20 May 2013 Male 65 CP Planfait
France
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo

Pilot took off in thermic and turbulent conditions. Glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and the pilot did not counter the dive. Glider suffered second asymmetric collapse and again pilot did not counter the dive. Pilot crashed heavily into trees.

Fatal:
Feet, Legs

19 May 2013 Male 53 AP Lords Seat
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Peak 2

While thermalling Pilot was caught out by rotor from rounded knoll some 150m in front. Glider stalled in rotor and fell vertically from 15m. Pilot landed heavily

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

19 May 2013 Male 45 CP Model Ridge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Oasis

Pilot became too close to the hill while scratching in weak lift. Pilot caught foot on rock.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

19 May 2013 Male 61 CP Montmin
France
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio

Pilot initiated ramp launch but was holding weight on uprights. Glider stalled off the end of the ramp struck a tree before spinning into smaller trees.

Minor Injuries
19 May 2013 Male 0 CP Model Ridge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Oasis

Incident not witnessed. Pilot called for help having turned into the hill approx 20m from the top of the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18 May 2013 Male 50 AP Bell Hill
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
AIR
Atos VR

Pilot approached for top landing but had not gone far enough back. Elected to do big flare rather than overshoot resulting in glider climbing to 5m then diving into the ground.

Seriously Injured
17 May 2013 Male 43 CP Mercury
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Kiss

Pilot attempted to land in strong wind in an area known to be turbulent when the wind was strong. Glider stalled at approx 3-5m and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17 May 2013 Male 43 CP Mercury
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Kiss

Pilot attempted to top land due to increase in wind strength and shift in wind direction. Pilot caught out by rotor causing wing to slew sideways on approach. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

16 May 2013 Male 52 CP Puerto Serrano
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Element

Engine:

PAP
Top 80

Student made a good powered launch but had applied too much brake. Student was told to ease off the brakes a little but released them fully while letting off the throttle. Glider dived towards the ground and student impacted hard from 2m.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 April 2017 at 04:30:06 AM

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