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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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
21 Jun 2009 Female 45 Club Pilot Coombe Gibbet
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Bright

Pilot lost control of glider while reverse launching and was dragged into another glider.

None
21 Jun 2009 Male 56 Club Pilot Herne Bay
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Wave

Pilot misjudged approach losing more height than expected in decreasing wind and with limited landing area due to tide being in. Landed in sea. Unclipped quickly and with help, recovered equipment safely.

none
20 Jun 2009 Male 51 Under training Muggery
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Apco
Prima

Student failed to execute full flare and jarred knee on landing.

Jarred knee
16 Jun 2009 Male 33 Club Pilot Windbank
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Rookie

Pilot was forced to top land having encountered strong sink after losing thermal. On turning to collapse glider the pilot was lifted back up then landed heavily on straight leg.

Fractured knee
16 Jun 2009 Female 35 Under training Norcia
Italy
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Advance
Epsilon

Student stalled glider on landing and landed heavily on back.

Fractured L2 vertebra
14 Jun 2009 Male 53 Club Pilot Barton Airfield
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Parascender
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Waterbird

Launch assistant was scooped up by canopy in variable conditions and dragged before launch aborted.

None
14 Jun 2009 Male 67 Pilot Middle Wallop
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Nova
Carbon

Pilot suffered rotation on tow launch. Pilot swung into ground heavily before regaining normal flight.

Bruised back
12 Jun 2009 Male 41 Under training Woldingham SW bowl
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Hi Way
Stubby

Student pulled leg muscle while ground handling glider.

Pulled muscle in leg
12 Jun 2009 Male 43 Under training Woldingham SW bowl
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Hi Way
Stubby

Student moved hands on uprights while on launch run allowing nose to drop. Glider nosed in and student swung though.

Bruised elbow
4 Jun 2009 Male 47 Advanced Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Rebel

Pilot suffered symmetric collapse on launching into thermal. Collapse reinflated asymmetrically and glider turned back into hill.

Fractured wrist
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 March 2017 at 04:30:07 AM

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