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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
4 Nov 2013 Male 47 CP Pleinmont North
Guernsey
15-20 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot landed on grassy plateaux as wind appeared to be dropping. Before he turned to face the glider a gust hit and dragged the pilot back and over rocky terrain and then over a 6m drop onto rocks.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

2 Nov 2013 Male 49 CP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 1

Pilot took off in windy conditions and became pinned above the launch area. he then flew back into the leeside rotor and crash heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

18 Oct 2013 Male 64 Pilot The Warren
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint Evo

Pilot took off and turned downwind which put him in the lee of a headland. Pilot had asymmetric collapse which turned the glider into the cliff. Pilot fell down cliff but was relatively uninjured.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

18 Oct 2013 Male 50 Pilot Paradise Ridge
South Africa
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Pilot lost control of glider, possible spin, but exact nature of control loss is unknown. Pilot crashed into cliffs.

Seriously Injured
9 Oct 2013 Male 40 Pilot Woolacombe
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
Sport 2

While testing the air the pilot unknowingly became close enough to a naval helicopter to experience turbulence from the rotors. The situation was discussed at club level and later at a meeting with the local squadron.

Unhurt
6 Oct 2013 Male 0 CP Milk Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha

While pilot was ridge soaring in light conditions he collided with the glider of another pilot who was kiting his wing up the will. No injuries.

Unhurt
5 Oct 2013 Male 51 Pilot St Bees
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Stratus WRC

While soaring sea cliffs at about 50m AGL a light aircraft passed 75m in front of, and at the same altitude as the paraglider pilot. Airprox filed.

Unhurt
5 Oct 2013 Male 41 Whetton
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nervures
Estive

Student forward launched glider but allowed the glider to overfly him. Student was pulled over.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

1 Oct 2013 Male 58 CP Atherfield
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Leeside

Foot
Advance
Epsilon

Pilot was caught out by veering and increasing wind and attempted to top land. Pilot flew into rotor and glider had frontal collapse. Pilot landed heavily from 5m but was able to perform a PLF.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
29 Sep 2013 Male 56 AP Swanborough
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
Aeros
Phantom

Pilot was disturbed during rigging a number of times to help others. Forgot to attach inboard control wire. Pilot took off and realised he had no ability to turn left. Pilot attempted to land but lost all control and crashed doing approx 60mph.

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

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