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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
5 Sep 2010 Male 61 Club Pilot Avranches
France
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Avian
Rio

Engine:

Flylight
Doodlebug

Pilot took off in light winds climbing to 80ft. In attempting to open airframe throttle pilot opened choke in error. In attempting to correct pilot inadvertently allowed glider to stall. Glider crashed in power on spiral.

Fractured femurs, ribs and facial injuries. Collapsed lung.
1 Sep 2010 Male 42 Advanced Pilot St Andre
France
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Boomerang GTO

While racing at low height Pilot ended up in severe leeside turbulence. Glider ended up below pilot who then threw parachute. Landed uninjured.

None
31 Aug 2010 Male 40 Under training Wetton
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Avian
Rio

Student failed to notice leg loops not attached on launch. Student began to slide out of harness and fell 7-10m onto slope.

Fr ribs and punctured lung.
31 Aug 2010 Female 40 Under training Charlton Clumps
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Independence
Merlin

On first flight student took a few steps but then jumped before glider properly flying. Fell heavily on knee.

Torn ligaments in knee
30 Aug 2010 Male 40 Tinto North
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Wave

Pilot stalled glider at about 10m while on approach.

Back injuries
29 Aug 2010 Male 47 Advanced Pilot St Andre Les Alps
France
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
FR3

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and subsequent cravat due to slipping trimmer. Deployed parachute but main reinflated. Pilot struggled to pull in main canopy and landed heavily in trees.

Bruised abdomen and meat and two veg!!
29 Aug 2010 Male 50 Advanced Pilot St Andre
France
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Mantra M3

Pilot misjudged conditions on a glide and failed to leave enough height to clear tree. Pilot landed in tree without injury.

None
28 Aug 2010 Male 57 Advanced Pilot Mendleshan
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Gusts

Flexwing Hang Glider
Winch Tow
Avian
Java 155

Pilot noticed glider had left turn and no bar pressure while on winch tow. Released at 200m and managed to land safely. Suspects curled up mylar inside leading edge due to fishing for broken batten ends.

none
28 Aug 2010 Male 55 Club Pilot Long Mynd
United Kingdom
41-48 km/h
Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Wills Wing
XC

On inspecting glider after heavy landing, pilot noticed fracture in glider keel.

None
28 Aug 2010 Male 43 Staddon Heights
United Kingdom
35-40 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Rush

Pilot attempted to launch from area in turbulence due to strong, gusty winds. Pilot was immediately lifted 15 to 20m into the air where he suffered an asymmetric collapse. The glider then turned and dived into the hill.

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

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