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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
23 Jan 2010 Male 66 Pilot Monksdown
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Artax

Flying in strong and increasing winds, pilot decided to slope land. Pilot landed heavily and was dragged up slope.

Fr wrist
18 Jan 2010 Male 65 Club Pilot Tappa
India
28-34 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Bright

Pilot was blown back over high ridge and opted to land in valley behind. Misjudged wind and landed heavily downwind.

Fr arm
9 Jan 2010 Male 49 Advanced Pilot Porterville
South Africa
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Sigma 7

Pilot encountered severe turbulence while searching for themal on xc. Glider collapsed at tips and sustained cravat leading to spiral. Pilot deployed parachute and landed safely.

Bruised foot
28 Dec 2009 Male 48 Pilot Malvern
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Niviuk
Artik

Attempting to bottom land the pilot flew into orographic cloud and became disoriented. Pilot collided with a tree.

None
28 Dec 2009 Male 76 Pilot High and Over
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sky
Brontes

Pilot misjudged approach and landed heavily while still turning into wind.

Fr wrist
10 Dec 2009 Male 53 Club Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
Golden

Pilot got pulled back while attempting to collapse his wing in gusty conditions. Wing eventually came down over two passers-by causing one of them to sustain a cut mouth.

Cut gum/lip
22 Nov 2009 Male Isle of Wight
United Kingdom
+ 48 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Airwave
Voodoo

Untrained pilot launched glider in very strong winds while attached to a landrover by a length of rope. Glider rose quickly before being ripped off pilot by the wind. Pilot fell sustaining serious back injuries.

Multiple spinal fractures
14 Nov 2009 Male 51 Under training Agrougour
Morocco
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Mojo 3

Pilot collided with rocky outcrop while ridge soaring.

Fatal
5 Nov 2009 Male 52 Club Pilot Nigels
Morocco
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Apco
Fiesta

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while ridge soaring. Harness chest strap set to 52cm.

Fatal
1 Nov 2009 Male 51 Pilot N/A
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Apco
Allegra

Pilot noticed excessive wear on brake line pulley (attached to riser) making it possible to jam brake line.

None
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 18 December 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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