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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
24 Jan 2018 Female 33 La Paca
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Student has asymmetric collapse while ridge soaring. Glider caught tree and swung student into hillside.

Seriously Injured
23 Jan 2018 Male 44 CP Mirador del Rio
Spain
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Aircross
U Prime 2

Pilot took off from lower launch and gradually gained height. Was too close to ridge and failed to note the increase in wind strength with height. Caught in venturi at top of the ridge and crashed (the crash was not witnessed).

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

17 Jan 2018 Male 59 Pilot Valle De Bravo
Mexico
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Carrera

Pilot drifted into the lee of a rocky feature and suffered an asymmetric collapse. Pilot deployed parachute and landed safely.

Unhurt
15 Jan 2018 Male 68 CP Tower Hill East
India
5-10 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 5

When launching in light conditions the pilot sat in harness before the glider was properly flying. This resulted in the glider diving forward and the pilot sliding down the slope into a tree.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

14 Jan 2018 Male 45 Pilot BFR, Rivermead leisure centre
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila 4

During Big Fat Repack pilot threw parachute while on the zip line. Parachute became snagged in the retrieve line suffering minor damage.

Unhurt
14 Jan 2018 Male 52 CP Hope Cove
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
Pollini
Thor130

On making his approach to land the pilot entered rotor turbulence caused by nearby cliffs. Wind had changed direction in the hour since the pilot took off.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

7 Jan 2018 Male 64 CP Bulgham bay
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot made incorrect approach and did not have enough height to turn into wind on landing.

Unhurt
28 Dec 2017 Male 59 CP Portland West
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

Pilot made incorrect approach to top landing and was too low. Pilot hit turbulent air and crashed into a wall.

Minor Injuries
12 Dec 2017 Male 59 Pilot Stanage Edge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Mac Para
Elan

Pilot was soaring Stanage Edge, with other paraglider pilots. His wing was seen to have an asymmetric collapse on the left hand side, whilst flying with the ridge on his left. The wing turned sharply towards the hill and the pilot impacted the ground.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

9 Dec 2017 Male 32 Gribbles Ridge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Shortly after take off the radio failed and the student panicked and turned downwind towards the hill. Student then lifted his legs to clear a barbed wire fence before landing downwind in the next field. Student was in shock but was unhurt.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 16 July 2018 at 05:45:06 AM

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