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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
26 Mar 2012 Male 64 CP Pinnacle Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Makalu

After two failed launches the pilot did not realise he had turned to face the glider in the opposite way to his normal routine. On launching the third time the pilot found he had a full twist in his risers. The pilot was lifted by a gust and crashed sideways.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

22 Mar 2012 Male 59 Teba
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Aeros
Target

After a few soaring beats the pilot was seen to fly straight along the ridge until he collided with the ridge face.

Fatal:
Head Injuries

22 Mar 2012 Male 30 Under training Trainon
France
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha

Student had good flight but made final turn in to wind a little too late. Landed with slight pendulum.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

21 Mar 2012 Male 41 CP Ffarmers
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint Evo

Pilot lost height unexpectedly while ridge soaring and could not turn away from the ridge in time to prevent impact.

Minor Injuries
18 Mar 2012 Female 51 Pilot Cenes
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 6

Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse in turbulent air resulting in twisted risers and spiral dive. Pilot successfully deployed emergency parachute but landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

18 Mar 2012 Male 0 None Magilligan
United Kingdom
35-40 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bobcat

Pilot flew into rotor attempting to top land in strong winds.

Seriously Injured
16 Mar 2012 Male 53 Agruegour
Morocco
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Arcus 4

Despite being told to head out to landing area, student continued to attempt to soar. Student lost height and was forced to make cross slope landing to avoid power lines.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12 Mar 2012 Male 55 AP Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta

Pilot made two failed launch attempts before finally managing to become airborne under control.

Unhurt
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
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 20 October 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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