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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
11 Mar 2012 Male 51 Pilot Leadlich
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 2

Pilot launched in variable conditions and suffered an asymmetric collapse shortly after launch. Glider then stalled and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
11 Mar 2012 Male 57 CP Driffield Airfield
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Atom

Pilot went off line during tow launch. Winch operator cut the line but pilot did not control the dive and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
8 Mar 2012 Male 46 Pilot Portland West
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Sport 4

Pilot underestimated the change in wind direction and landed heavily crosswind on rising ground.

Seriously Injured:
Thoracic Spine

2 Mar 2012 Male 38 Pilot Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Offpiste
Discovery

Engine:

Wasp
Wasp

While on a powered hang glider flight the battery for the power unit caught fire. The pilot made an emergency landing.

Unhurt
27 Feb 2012 Male 34 None Challow Hill Farm
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Synthesis

Engine:

Bulldog
Spirit (Thor)

Pilot did not respond properly to radio commands and came close to landing on parked cars. Student became entangled with a wing laid out in the take off area but managed to land safely.

Unhurt
24 Feb 2012 Male 45 Pilot Darley Moor
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:

Engine:

Fly Products
Kompress Magic

Student applied too much throttle while practising starting the engine. Engine fell over backwards.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19 Feb 2012 Male 47 Pilot Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Icaro
Laminar

Pilot landed heavily in tailwind due to switching winds in landing field.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

11 Feb 2012 Male 44 El Cuchillo
Spain
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Elan

Student entered a turn and continued turn until colliding with the hillside.

Seriously Injured
1 Feb 2012 Male 0 CP Taunton Repack
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Advance
Alpha 4

During a deployment and repack session the pilot found his parachute would not deploy. It was found to be incorrectly packed. It was then repacked correctly.

Unhurt
1 Feb 2012 Male 35 CP Famara
Spain
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Amour

Pilot failed to make landing area and was caught in lee of sandbank. Glider dropped wing and pilot did not let go of 'A' frame.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 26 March 2017 at 04:30:07 AM

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