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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
24 Apr 2013 Male 66 Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student encountered a small pocket of lift on a simple top to bottom flight. Student applied both brakes then released them causing the glider to pitch. Student landed heavily on his back.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

24 Apr 2013 Male 75 CP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


Pilot took off in strengthening winds and was blown along a fence line before being lifted by a gust and slammed to the ground from 3-5m.

Seriously Injured
23 Apr 2013 Male 75 Pilot Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint

Pilot took off down hill as too strong on top. Pilot was then blown back over the top and lost control of his glider. Pilot crashed and was immediately lifted off by glider before crashing again.

Seriously Injured
22 Apr 2013 Female 55 Lijar
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila

Student encountered lift on approach and attempted to tighten turn in order to land in landing field rather than use alternative field. Student allied too much brake and glider began to spin. On recovery student was swung into the ground.

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

20 Apr 2013 Male 51 Pilot LLantsillio
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 6

Pilot suffered 50% asymmetric collapse immediately after take off. Glider rotated 180 degrees and pilot struck hillside from 10-12m

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

20 Apr 2013 Female 60 Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Mojo 4

Student stumbled on launch damaging ankle.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

20 Apr 2013 Male 28 Darley Moor
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Wills Wing
Falcon 3

Having reached the top of the tow line the student found he could not release the line. The line was guillotined by the winch driver and the student followed emergency procedure and landed safely. A loose bolt on the release mechanism was found to be the cause.

Unhurt
20 Apr 2013 Male 0 Pilot Hill Side
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


Pilot crashed on hillside. Crash was not witnessed.

Seriously Injured
20 Apr 2013 Male 54 CP Whitewool
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 3

Pilot took off into turbulent and thermic conditions. Glider suffered a large asymmetric collapse at low level and the pilot was pendulumed into the hillside.

Seriously Injured
20 Apr 2013 Male 47 AP Parlick
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 3

During a XC flight the pilot noticed a problem with his harness just as his parachute fell out and deployed. Main glider down-planed and pilot could not prevent it. 8.7m/s descent rate. Luckily pilot hit lift just as he was about to hit the ground and landed gently on a fence. Bruised leg.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 22 November 2017 at 04:30:05 AM

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