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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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
20 Jun 2009 Male 51 Under training Muggery
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Apco
Prima

Student failed to execute full flare and jarred knee on landing.

Jarred knee
16 Jun 2009 Male 33 Club Pilot Windbank
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Rookie

Pilot was forced to top land having encountered strong sink after losing thermal. On turning to collapse glider the pilot was lifted back up then landed heavily on straight leg.

Fractured knee
16 Jun 2009 Female 35 Under training Norcia
Italy
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Advance
Epsilon

Student stalled glider on landing and landed heavily on back.

Fractured L2 vertebra
14 Jun 2009 Male 67 Pilot Middle Wallop
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Nova
Carbon

Pilot suffered rotation on tow launch. Pilot swung into ground heavily before regaining normal flight.

Bruised back
4 Jun 2009 Male 47 Advanced Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Rebel

Pilot suffered symmetric collapse on launching into thermal. Collapse reinflated asymmetrically and glider turned back into hill.

Fractured wrist
2 Jun 2009 Male 46 Advanced Pilot Morrone
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Cobra

Pilot suffered large asymmetric and then cravat while thermalling. Glider entered spiral and risers twisted. Pilot deployed parachute landing safely but was dragged 100m before getting parachute under control.

Tissue damage to ankles and calf.
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 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.
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 15 December 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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