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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
18 Feb 2014 Male 42 Trainor
France
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha

Student was late getting out of harness for landing and did not flare so landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

16 Feb 2014 Male 51 Pilot Cross Fell
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Nevada

After two attempts to take off in a cross wind the pilot managed to launch but had a knot in the upper lines of one side of the wing. Pilot managed to land safely using weight shift.

Unhurt
16 Feb 2014 Male 50 Pilot XC flight
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Fusion

Engine:

PAP
1450 Moster

During an XC flight the drive belt came off (but stayed with engine) leading to loss of thrust. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
21 Jan 2014 Male 38 Pilot Zarzal-la-Victoria
Colombia
20-25 Km/h
Rain, Snow
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 2

While on speedbar in sinking air between thermals glider had frontal collapsed then dived and rotated partially trapping pilot's hand. Pilot threw parachute immediately but could not disable canopy. Parachute was flying backwards and pilot landed hard on his back.

Minor Injuries
11 Jan 2014 Male 41 CP Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha

While soaring in crowded conditions, pilot had mid air collision with another paraglider. Both gliders suffered small asymmetric collapses but both recovered immediately and the pilots continued flying.

Unhurt
11 Jan 2014 Male 38 AP Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Evo 2

Pilot was too low and too far back on approach to top landing. Pilot avoided a parked glider on the ground and got glider into wind then hit the ground. Pilot let go and swung through the A frame and was hit in the back by the nose of the glider. 'Angle of dangle' rope had snapped due to wear.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

1 Jan 2014 Male 50 Pilot United Kingdom

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 7

Using a particular 'cross brake' reverse launch technique, pilot found that the brake line was getting caught in the magnetic keepers for the brake handles. Pilot noted that others had had similar problems. Pilot modified keepers.

Unhurt
4 Dec 2013 Male 48 None Pendle
United Kingdom
35-40 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Ozone
Firefly

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level in windy and turbulent conditions. Pilot crashed and was fatally injured.

Fatal
30 Nov 2013 Male 17 None Field Farm
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Unknown

Pilot was being static towed behind a vehicle when the tow rope snapped while he was at approx 10m. Glider dived, had a frontal collapse and the pilot swung into the ground.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

20 Nov 2013 Male 44 CP Bir/Billing
India


Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta



Fatal
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 February 2018 at 04:30:11 AM

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