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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 Mar 2011 Male 43 Club Pilot Montellena
Spain
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sky
Fides

Pilot was blown back over ridge into rotor. Pilot deployed emergency parachute and landed safely with only minor bruising.

Bruising
18 Mar 2011 Male 37 Under training Disgolfa
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Delite

Student completed short top to bottom flight but turned close to ground. Landed with speed and caught foot on tussock of grass.

Fractured fibula and tibia.
17 Mar 2011 Male 43 Club Pilot Rhonda la Vieja
Spain
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sky
Fides

Pilot allowed himself to drift too far back over ridge and could not get back. On turning downwind, pilot noticed power lines and was unable to clear them. Pilot made hard, low-level turn and crashed into olive tree.

Bruising
11 Mar 2011 Male 39 Club Pilot Compton Whites
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Electron

Pilot misjudged conditions and sunk out ending up in the sea. Removed harness and pulled glider onto rocks then rescued by Coast Guard.

None
5 Mar 2011 Male 34 Club Pilot Whitewool
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Swing
Arcus 5

Pilot landed safely after short cross country flight. Due to wind being stronger than expected, pilot landed in field adjacent to the one intended. Grazing horse was spooked slightly.

None
5 Mar 2011 Male 36 Club Pilot Murrone, Braemar
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Nova
Prion

Pilot misjudged approach and had to take evasive action to avoid a power line. Landed on deer fence but uninjured.

None
4 Mar 2011 Male 79 Pilot Whitewool
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Sigma 4

Pilot suffered large asymmetric collapse at 10m in gusty, thermic conditions. Rotated and crashed into hillside.

Fractured vertebrae and pelvis.
3 Mar 2011 Male 52 Club Pilot Mam Tor
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Avian
Rio

Pilot attempted 360 degree turn but struck hill before completing the turn.

Fatal
25 Feb 2011 Male 42 Under training Nigels place
Morocco
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Advance
Alpha 3

Student was flying too close to slope and hit sink. Landed heavily.

torn ankle ligaments
19 Feb 2011 Male 41 Under training Talfynudd
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Alpha 3

Student had mid air collision with another pilot. Both landed safely.

None
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 March 2017 at 04:30:07 AM

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