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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
7 Sep 2017 Male 41 Pilot France 5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Cure

Pilot encountered sink while thermalling and while attempting to find lift, put himself in a position with no suitable landing fields. Pilot landed heavily in dry river bed.

Seriously Injured
3 Sep 2017 Female 13 Trainee Barton Airfield
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Other
Waterbird
Mistral
Landrover
Mk2

Pilot became detached from tow line as drogue chute failed in strengthening wind. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
2 Sep 2017 Male 51 CP Tailbridge
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Mescal 4

Pilot sat in harness, stood up to inflate glider in order to ground handle. On inflating the glider it surged forward and then turned left twisting the pilot and puling him to the ground. On trying to stand up the pilot noted his left foot was engaging the speed system.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

31 Aug 2017 Female 47 Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Student was ground handling at the bottom of the slope. Student's knee gave way resulting in the student being dragged.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

26 Aug 2017 Male 36 CP Shining Tor
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot hit sink while ridge soaring. Pilot caught foot on uneven ground while trying to turn out from the slope.

Seriously Injured
26 Aug 2017 Male 46 CP Ringstead Bay, Dorset
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Unknown
Not applicable

Pilot was losing height ridge soaring too close to hill. Landed heavily slightly downwind on very rough ground with legs pointing forward.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

23 Aug 2017 Male 48 None Woldingham valley
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero

Student failed to maintain symmetry during initial inflation fell left and twisted ankle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

21 Aug 2017 Male 62 Pilot Pena Negra
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Very Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Macpara
Eden 6

Pilot was caught out by extreme turbulence caused by convergence. Glider entered uncontrolled spin due to collapse and tangled lines. Pilot deployed emergency parachute but final stage of descent was accelerated, possibly due to sinking air.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

20 Aug 2017 Male 50 CP Bradwell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion 4

Pilot took off in weak conditions. While ridge soaring pilot got close to another pilot and applied brake while already flying slowly, causing the glider to spin. Pilot got his hands up but too late to prevent a collision with the hill.

Seriously Injured
20 Aug 2017 Male 18 CP Parlick
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot was attempting wingovers to lose height for a top landing. The final wingover was mistimed, tension in the lines was lost and cravattes formed in both wingtips. Glider entered spiral dive; pilot deployed emergency parachute which opened just in time to prevent injury.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 March 2018 at 05:45:06 AM

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