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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
23 Mar 2014 Male 0 Pilot Devil's Dyke
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence
Thundery
Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Airborne
Sting 3

Pilot caught hand on rear wires and failed to grasp upright resulting in pilot losing control in strengthening winds and entered steep turn. Pilot crashed and ended up on top of his glider.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
21 Mar 2014 0 Aerofix Workshop
United Kingdom





Reserve was test deployed in workshop before being repacked. The plastic retaining wire became detached from the handle, due to manufacturing fault, and stayed in the closure loops preventing deployment.

16 Mar 2014 Male 43 CP Butser Hill West
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Pilot decided to slope land due to weak conditions. Pilot made turn towards the hill rather than away and impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

16 Mar 2014 Male 42 None. Training - post EPC Perran Sands
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Elan
Not Applicable

Student could not get glider turned into wind on final approach and crashed downwind into a caravan.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

16 Mar 2014 Female 41 CP Bell Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 4

Pilot spun glider on approach and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
15 Mar 2014 Male 39 Beginner Woldingham Valley
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Freex
Freex trainer

Student stumbled during reverse inflation attempt and caught finger on ground.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15 Mar 2014 Male 69 BHPA Pilot Montellano
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Raven

Flying in crowded conditions pilot suffered a symmetric collapse. Combination of wake turbulence and thermic turbulence suspected. Pilot was concerned that he focused on recovering glider and not at available height and parachute deployment.

Unhurt
8 Mar 2014 Male 29 CP The Warren
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Pilot misjudged approach height and over flew landing area. Pilot landed in the sea but was able to get away from his glider immediately.

Unhurt
5 Mar 2014 Male 0 CP Beer Head
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 4

Pilot made approach with insufficient height and from wrong direction in prevailing conditions. Got caught in rotor and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
4 Mar 2014 Male 53 AP Valle de Bravo
Mexico
10-15 Km/h
Very Strong
Strong Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Cheetah Evo

Pilot crashed into hedge having ran out of landing options attempting to maximise distance in a competition. Pilot had assumed he would reach lift coming from a ridge but the lift was too violent to utilise.

Seriously Injured
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 18 November 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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