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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 Mar 2019 Male 51 Mam Tor NW
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila 2

Pilot got blown back over spine-back ridge in increasingly windy conditions. Pilot crashed on the lee side.

Seriously Injured:
Internal Injuries

24 Mar 2019 Male 32 CP Firle, UK
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z 6

Pilot with ridge on his right had mid-air collision with low airtime pilot. The low airtime pilot appeared to take no avoiding action despite having eye contact resulting in wing tips colliding. Pilot with ridge on right landed heavily but was unhurt.

Unhurt
24 Mar 2019 Female 24 Gribbles
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element2

Student fell over during an aborted launch. Student was able to continue training.

Unhurt
24 Mar 2019 Male 34 CP Westbury
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 6

While thermalling at low level pilot had a mid-air collision with another paraglider who was ridge soaring. Pilots took avoiding action at the last moment resulting in wing tips brushing against each other. Pilots continued flying.

Unhurt
24 Mar 2019 Male 48 Pilot N/a
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Advance
Iota

During a kit inspection as part of guided XC week pilot discovered his parachute had been incorrectly mounted by a service centre. The parachute was impossible to deploy as the bridle had been routed down the right side of the harness and the deployment handle on the left.

Unhurt
24 Mar 2019 Male 48 Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
777
Queen 2

Pilot took off but due to thermic activity masking the true wind direction he did not realise the wind was off the slope. Shortly after take-off the pilot sustained an asymmetric collapse that turned him into the hill.

Seriously Injured
21 Mar 2019 Male 22 N/a Bedlinog
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Whist ground handling a student inflated his glider but tried to turn too early resulting in a collapse. During the collapse the risers brushed passed the students helmet inadvertently unfastening the new type buckle. Concurrently a line caught the helmets goggle strap (rear of helmet) and pulled the helmet from the students head.

Unhurt
21 Mar 2019 Male 50 Pilot Captain Cooks
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Meru

Pilot landed safely in a stock-free field and was then confronted by an irate farmer who threatened to damage his glider, standing on it in the process.

Unhurt
20 Mar 2019 Male 57 Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student was practicing forward launches in phase 2 of the EP. This was the student's fourth inflation. The student lost his footing on the inflation and fell awkwardly pulling his left calf muscle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

20 Mar 2019 Male 59 P Merthyr Common
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Bion

Pilot launched tandem in windy conditions and was immediately lifted off with passenger. Pilot could not see as passenger harness had become stuck over the Quick-Out karabiners obscuring the pilot's vision. Pilot was able to land after a short beat but fell on passenger on landing.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Minor Injuries
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 April 2019 at 05:45:08 AM

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