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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
8 Sep 2012 Male 50 AP Golden Ball
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Boomerang X

Pilot suffered symmetric collapse at low level and was not able to fully recover glider before hitting the ground in a slow turn. Glider fell over tree.

Unhurt
4 Sep 2012 Male 40 Bell Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Apco
Tetra

Student put foot down hole obscured by long grass on landing.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18 Aug 2012 Male 33 Plaine Joux
France
0-5 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Student made good landing approach but encountered lift in landing field causing student to overshoot and hit parked car.

Unhurt
13 Aug 2012 Female 40 The Terrace
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Syntax

Student took off for cliff soaring flight but became pinned by stronger than anticipated winds. Student was blown back into rotor and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

11 Aug 2012 Male 51 Pilot Mendlesham
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Airborne
C2

Shortly after the launch the pilot discovered the second tow line was hooked over the release levers. Glider entered lockout and winch man cut power and line enabling pilot to make recovery and land.

Unhurt
11 Aug 2012 Male 36 Mendlesham
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Avian
Rio

Student allowed glider nose to come up during initial tow and weak link snapped. Glider recovered and dived. Pilot impacted chest first.

Seriously Injured
10 Aug 2012 Male 40 AP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Omega 8

After using the speed bar in flight the pilot noticed that it had not released fully on one side. Pilot was eventually able to sort out in flight. Discovered that excess line had become snagged inside pod.

Unhurt
10 Aug 2012 Male 62 Folly Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Wave

Student inflated the glider well but did not make a committed run. Student lifted legs too early and wing dived causing student to catch foot on uneven ground.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

10 Aug 2012 Female 21 Bryn Caws
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Bright

Student encountered bubble of lift on final approach. Student was instructed to turn left but instead turned right, into a fence.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

6 Aug 2012 Male 61 Pilot Woolacombe
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 6

Pilot was struggling to control glider is strong gusty conditions. He decided to collapse the glider but was pulled over onto his shoulder

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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

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