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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
15 Jul 2018 Male 39 Pilot Milk Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot encountered strong turbulence while ridge soaring. Glider collapsed but pilot was able to recover and land safely.

Unhurt
14 Jul 2018 Male 40 Pilot Milk
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot encountered turbulence while ridge soaring as wind was off to the south causing leeside turbulence. Pilot suffered frontal collapse and crashed onto the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

14 Jul 2018 Male 44 Pilot Magic
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 5

Reverse launch take off in strong winds. Pilot was lifted off the ground whilst facing the glider. Unable to rotate to untwist the lines, brake input was ineffective. Glider turned slowly and impacted hill with some force.

Seriously Injured
12 Jul 2018 Male 40 Club Pilot Pandy
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot had insufficient height to make official landing field and in an attempt to land in an adjacent field he caught the glider on a tree while on final approach. Pilot landed safely but glider landed on the tree.

Unhurt
12 Jul 2018 Male 0 Unknown Weybourne
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Golden 2

Pilot spun glider while cliff soaring. Pilot impacted cliff halfway down and ended up on the beach below.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

10 Jul 2018 Female 0 CP Pontlottyn
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown

Pilot appeared to enter spiral dive while attempting to thermal. Glider then suffered an asymmetric collapse and pilot crashed onto the hillside.

Seriously Injured
10 Jul 2018 Male 39 N/A Hay Bluff (NE)
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5
N/A

Student allowed glider to go off to one side while attempting a reverse launch. Student was pulled to the side and stepped awkwardly on a tussock damaging his ankle.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

9 Jul 2018 Male 45 CP Hay Bluff
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot misjudged distance from the ridge and failed to turn away resulting in pilot colliding with the ridge.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

7 Jul 2018 Male 69 Student Mount Caburn Airworks training field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Wave

Glider went offline to the left while student was practising forward launches. Student was pulled over onto left side causing damage to shoulder.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

6 Jul 2018 Male 61 Darley Moor Airfield
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Atom3

Day one student on third flight failed to keep legs down and did not flare on landing.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 18 August 2018 at 05:45:05 AM

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