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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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
18 Feb 2017 Male 51 Pilot The Warren
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was coastal soaring with four other pilots when they were caught out by coastal fog. The pilot attempted to fly along the cliff tops to avoid a collision, but without visibility, became disoriented. Pilot came out of fog low over a main road but was able to land safely.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 29 Warren
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
Air Design
Pure 2

Pilot took of for coastal flight but was caught out by sea fog. Pilot lost visibility and drifted over the back but was able to land safely.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 26 CP Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo

Pilot attempted a 360 degree turn in front of the hill but was too close. Pilot hit hillside.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 56 Pilot Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot had to take collision avoidance action while ridge soaring with the ridge to his right. Pilot was forced to turn right and top land downwind to avoid colliding with the other pilot.

Unhurt
17 Feb 2017 Male 47 Pilot Whixhall
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
WASP
EOS100

The pilot started his engine an left it idling as it had a clutch, while he sorted out his wing. On returning to the engine the pilot held the frame with his right hand and picked up the throttle with his left. On picking up the throttle up he accidentally applied pressure, causing the motor to lurch forward unexpectedly. The pilots hand slipped off the frame and into the moving prop.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

7 Feb 2017 Male 42 Pilot Los Tanques
Colombia
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skyman
Cross Country

Pilot got low between two sets of power lines and opted to slope land. Pilot hit sink then suffered an asymmetric collapse landing heavily.

Seriously Injured
31 Jan 2017 Male 46 AP Porterville
South Africa
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Zeno

Pilot suffered a frontal collapse with recovered with a 40-50% cravat. The pilot attempted to pump out the cravat but entered a spiral dive. Pilot deployed his emergency parachute but landed on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Jan 2017 Male 37 Pilot Val d'isere
France
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Speedrider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Nano

Pilot lost too much height on approach as he had not taken into account the strength of the valley wind. Pilot landed 10m short of landing area and caught glider on a lamp post, narrowly avoiding buildings and cars.

Unhurt
25 Jan 2017 Male 49 EP New Lane
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 3

Student attempted to top land in increasing winds. Student used speed bar but sustained an asymmetric collapse at about 5m. Student landed awkwardly while turning.

Minor Injuries
22 Jan 2017 Male 66 CP Sarangkot
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Arcus 6

Pilot landed in a tree then fell while attempting to climb down.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

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

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