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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
25 Aug 2018 Male 45 CP Mil Airfield 29 Regt RLC
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Sol
Start

Pilot was preparing to launch. Just prior to connecting to the tow line, a gust of wind picked up the glider. The pilot turned to control the glider, but his foot got caught in the ground resulting in the fracture of the leg.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

11 Aug 2018 Female 19 Bewaldeth
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero

Student lost control of glider during launch phase and while still on the ground. Student was dragged sideways.

Unhurt
11 Aug 2018 Male 58 AP Tow Scar
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Takoo 3

Assistant stumbled forward onto his knee as tandem glider inflated.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
11 Aug 2018 Male 43 AP Parlick
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Takoo 4

Pilot and passenger landed safely near to the top of the hill due to light winds. Not long after landing strong gust came through, wing tried to inflate but dragged both pilot and passenger along the top into a stone wall. Pilot tried but was unable to control wing.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

Passenger
Seriously Injured
9 Aug 2018 Male 63 Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Triton 2

Pilot was crossing a narrow valley and got into strong sink. Unable to turn due to trees, power lines and road, impacted on slope.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

5 Aug 2018 Male 39 High and Over school field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student appeared to land well, into wind and with a good flare. However, he aggravated an old ankle injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

2 Aug 2018 Male 50 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 4

Day 2 student landed heavily on low hop flight due to erratic control inputs and insufficient flare.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

1 Aug 2018 Male 37 CP Ringstead
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Hook 2
?
?

Pilot lost balance and fell while turning to face glider.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

30 Jul 2018 Male 65 CP Annecy - Roche Rouge
France
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while thermal soaring. The gliders became tangled and the other pilot deployed his parachute. The gliders then separated and the pilot was able to land his glider in the landing field. The other pilot landed in trees under his parachute.

Unhurt
26 Jul 2018 Male 48 CP Trainion St Geniez
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Atlas

Pilot was ridge soaring with two other pilots when after some 20 minutes of normal flight his glider suffered a collapse, which resulted in a rapid spinning descent to the ground.

Fatal
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 October 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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