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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
1 Jun 2011 Male 49 Advanced Pilot Milk Hill
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Rebel

Pilot suffered large asymmetric while at low level and impacted hard. Conditions had become thermic and turbulent.

Fr Vetrbrae, fr femur and fr ribs.
29 May 2011 Male 40 Pilot Plan Fait
France
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Rush 2

Pilot slowed glider too much during fast slope landing and stalled glider at approx 2m landing heavily on arm.

Fr radius and ulna
21 May 2011 Male Barton on Sea
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Spider

Pilot misjudged approach and made downwind landing, ending up waist deep in sea.

None
21 May 2011 Male 55 Pilot Barton on Sea
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Sport

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while approaching cliff top landing area. Ended up in rotor and landed heavily.

Fr humerus and dislocated shoulder.
16 May 2011 Male 59 United Kingdom


Winch Tow


Severe cracks found in axle mountings on Koch winch.

None
11 May 2011 Male 39 Club Pilot Chale Terrace
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Independence
Merlin

Pilot misjudged approach in weakening conditions and landed heavily.

Fr fibula, dislocated ankle.
11 May 2011 Male 33 Pilot Shrivenham
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Ozone
Rush 3

Tow yoke came apart at approx 600ft. Pilot released and landed safely.

None
25 Apr 2011 Female 33 Under training Rabon
France
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Airwave
Wave

Student failed to flare after low hop and did not run on landing so fell over.

Fractured heel.
24 Apr 2011 Male 43 Pilot Clough Head
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Swift

Pilot suffered major collapse and stall having failed to notice brake lines knotted to C lines during pre-flight checks.

Fr L2 vertebra. Fr wrist. Sprained ankle.
23 Apr 2011 Male 51 Clench Common
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Hang Glider Rigid
Aero Tow
Atos
VR

Pilot aborted initial landing field due to horses and landed in crop. Spooked horse but no harm done.

None
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 20 October 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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