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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
21 May 2014 Male 47 Pilot Whitchieknowe
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Geo4

Pilot broke ankle whilst collapsing glider, having safely slope landed.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

17 May 2014 Male 38 CP Dunstable
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
UP
Ascent 2

Pilot was ridge soaring at the northern end of the Dunstable ridge close to the ground in light wind with occasional thermal activity. Landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

17 May 2014 Male 41 Pilot Parlick
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Little Cloud

Pilot landed but did not collapse glider properly. Glider reinflated and became airborne with pilot facing the hill. Pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

15 May 2014 Male 70 P Eype, A coastal site
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Team 5
Blue

While soaring his local coastal site the pilot encountered some unexpected turbulence that caused an asymmetric collapse. Pilot applied opposite brake and then suffered a frontal collapse. Glider recovered and dived and pilot ended up in scrub area on slope, unhurt.

Unhurt
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
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 11 December 2017 at 04:30:05 AM

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