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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
12 Jul 2013 Male 40 Pilot Morzine
France
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Astral 6

On final approach pilot was lifted by thermal then dumped back down from 4m. Pilot suspects he may have had too much brake applied.

Seriously Injured:
Thoracic Spine

7 Jul 2013 Male 49 CP Whitewool
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Spider

Pilot was distracted while on approach by another paraglider ground handling his wing. Pilot turned into wind too low and with too much ground speed. Landed heavily. The cow was not involved!

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

7 Jul 2013 Male 33 Pilot Fan Gyhirych
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Swift

Pilot inflated glider but had a brake line caught. He tried to deflate glider but was lifted off the hill. Glider turned and pilot crashed downwind on top of the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

7 Jul 2013 Male 56 AP Challow Hill Farm
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Synthesis

Engine:

Bailey
175 V3

At a safe height pilot let go of one brake to get into harness. Brake handle was sucked through mesh towards prop but did not hit prop. Pilot recovered brake and flew on.

Unhurt
7 Jul 2013 Male 40 CP Bo Peep
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 3

Pilot suffered mid air collision with another paraglider on busy site. Both landed safely.

Unhurt
7 Jul 2013 Male 0 Blorenge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot


Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on approach then stalled glider in from approx 20m.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

7 Jul 2013 Male 58 Pilot Cairnwell
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Unknown

Pilot set up for reverse launch on rocky hillside. As he inflated the glider a wingtip snagged on the rocks and the glider was lifted by a thermal gust. The pilot lost control and was lifted and crashed down repeatedly before coming to rest in an unconscious state. He was attended by other pilots.

Seriously Injured
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
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 June 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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