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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
25 May 2009 Male 53 Pilot Col de Forclaz
France
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Mentor

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse having decided to continue launch with glider not fully flying.

bruised and scraped leg.
24 May 2009 Male 41 Club Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Alpha 4

Pilot was unable to take avoiding action when another pilot turned in front of him during a competition. Glider stalled on collision and pilot impacted ground heavily.

Bruised back.
24 May 2009 Male 51 Pilot Lambourne
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Fusion 26

Engine:

Parajet
Macro

Pilot crashed on launch causing broken leg. Crash also caused prop to puncture fuel tank resulting in explosion and fire. Swift action of CFI with extinguishers prevented more serious injuries.

Fr tib and fib, burns to arms
24 May 2009 Male 49 Club Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Mentor

Pilot was involved in mid-air collision with another paraglider but was able to make a safe landing.

None
17 May 2009 Male 48 Pilot St Cyrus
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Aspen 2

Pilot was caught out by sink having taken off into a thermal. Pilot attempted steep slope landing but hit shoulder on uneven ground.

Dislocated shoulder, cuts.
16 May 2009 Male 42 Club Pilot Ceret
France
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Firebird
Z One

Pilot did not carry out proper pre-flight checks and failed to notice brake line snag resulting in severe turn and loss of glide. Pilot landed in tree.

Bruised arm and shins
11 May 2009 Male 43 Club Pilot La Charbe
France
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Forward)
Wills Wing
U2 145

Pilot rigged glider incorrectly resulting in severe right turn. Pilot managed to get glider down to landing area but lost control when moving to uprights to land. Glider turned and crashed into tree.

Dislocated elbow
4 May 2009 Male 66 Pilot Atherfield
United Kingdom
35-40 km/h
Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Zoom

Pilot crashed while attempting ridge run in windy and turbulent conditions. At the time of the crash the wind had increased to 20 plus mph and was significantly off the hill.

Fr wrists, elbow and pelvis
2 May 2009 Male 39 Under training Rhossili
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Paratech
P25

Student failed to follow flight plan and attempted to soar ridge. Got blown back and turned downwind before impacting heavily.

Fr vetrebrae
1 May 2009 Male 43 Pilot Merthyr
United Kingdom
41-48 km/h
Gusts

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Whilst clipped in in very windy conditions the nose wires became detached. Pilot was lifted 15ft and flung backwards onto a large rock.

Strained ligaments in foot
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 April 2017 at 04:30:06 AM

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