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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
19 May 2013 Male 45 CP Model Ridge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Oasis

Pilot became too close to the hill while scratching in weak lift. Pilot caught foot on rock.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

19 May 2013 Male 61 CP Montmin
France
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio

Pilot initiated ramp launch but was holding weight on uprights. Glider stalled off the end of the ramp struck a tree before spinning into smaller trees.

Minor Injuries
19 May 2013 Male 0 CP Model Ridge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Oasis

Incident not witnessed. Pilot called for help having turned into the hill approx 20m from the top of the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18 May 2013 Male 50 AP Bell Hill
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
AIR
Atos VR

Pilot approached for top landing but had not gone far enough back. Elected to do big flare rather than overshoot resulting in glider climbing to 5m then diving into the ground.

Seriously Injured
17 May 2013 Male 43 CP Mercury
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Kiss

Pilot attempted to land in strong wind in an area known to be turbulent when the wind was strong. Glider stalled at approx 3-5m and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17 May 2013 Male 43 CP Mercury
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Kiss

Pilot attempted to top land due to increase in wind strength and shift in wind direction. Pilot caught out by rotor causing wing to slew sideways on approach. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

16 May 2013 Male 52 CP Puerto Serrano
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Element

Engine:

PAP
Top 80

Student made a good powered launch but had applied too much brake. Student was told to ease off the brakes a little but released them fully while letting off the throttle. Glider dived towards the ground and student impacted hard from 2m.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

12 May 2013 Male 37 AP Mickfield
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Wills Wing
Talon

Having rigged and checked his glider quickly the pilot prepared for a winch launch. Immediately prior to launch, while clipped in and ready to go, a sudden increase in wind caused the nose wire catch to fail. The launch was stopped. No reason for the failure was found.

Unhurt
6 May 2013 Male 38 Pilot Jenkin Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 7

Pilot carried out a reverse launch but was lifted off his feet before turning into wind. Pilot decided to stall wing as he was only 10cm off the ground. Pilot pulled fully on both brakes but one of the brakes slipped from his gloved hand causing the glider to spin violently. Pilot was dragged a little.

Unhurt
6 May 2013 Male 53 AP Hill Farm
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Firebird
Hornet

Glider went off line during tow launch and suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level. Driver backed off power but pilot landed heavily on his back.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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

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