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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
30 Jun 2013 Male 45 CP Tehidy Barton
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Wills Wing
Sport 2

During tow launch pilot allowed glider to lift off too early. It then started to drift and the pilot did not correct the turn. Winch backed off and glider nosed in. Pilot did not let go resulting in broken arm.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

18 Jun 2013 Male 52 Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element

Student told to fly into wind for landing by instructor but elected to do one more figure 8. Student landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

16 Jun 2013 Male 48 Firle
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Cruiser 2

Student fell over while ground handling.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

16 Jun 2013 Male 54 Pilot Borso del Grappa
Italy
10-15 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

Pilot misjudged approached and landed in lee of buildings. Sunk out and landed on parked car.

Minor Injuries
15 Jun 2013 Male 54 Pilot Panettone
Italy
5-10 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 4

Pilot ran out of landing area due to 'S' turn approach and tried to 'mush' glider in to land. Due to lack of airspeed the glider stalled from approx 5m. The pilot landed heavily on his back.

Minor Injuries
10 Jun 2013 Male 57 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides

While on first inflation walk forwards the student lifted his legs and came down on his backside. Student bent finger.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

10 Jun 2013 Male 52 Pilot Wrekin
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Factor

Pilot attempted to launch glider in windy conditions but was dragged back and over spine ridge. Pilot unhurt.

Unhurt
9 Jun 2013 Male 46 CP Corndon
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Hook 3

Pilot had not noticed wind change in direction and speed while approaching for top landing. Pilot had to use wing to jump fence but got caught on barbed wire before slipping on the other side of the fence and being dragged.

Unhurt
8 Jun 2013 Male 61 Pilot Mam Tor
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio

During 'pre-flight' check the pilot noticed the nut had fallen off the bolt that holds the port side upper and lower wires. The nut could mort be found so the pilot could not fly.

Unhurt
8 Jun 2013 Male 59 AP Treak Cliff
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

In gusty thermic conditions the pilot fastened his leg straps and turned to face his glider in order to prevent it from inflating. Pilot found he could not prevent it inflating and was lifted into the air and flipped upside down. Pilot banged head on the ground. Was assisted by another pilot.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

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

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