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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

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
5 Sep 2004 Male 45 Pilot Plan Praz
France
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Advance
Epsilon 4

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse due to turbulence and crashed into rocky cliffside.

Fatal.
4 Sep 2004 Male 27 Club Pilot Mt Caburn
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Airwave
Wave

Pilot encountered unexpected (though predictable) sink while ridge soaring. This resulted in a very fast slope landing attempt.

fr tib and fib
3 Sep 2004 Male 36 Club Pilot France 0-8 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Firebird
Matrix

Pilot failed to execute a good forward launch from a small technical take off area. Glider caught bushes and pilot crashed before taking off.

fr ribs
2 Sep 2004 Male 57 Novice Compton Bowl
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Atom

Student flew into bush having misjudged landing approach.

fr heal
27 Aug 2004 Male 53 United Kingdom

Paraglider
Ozone
Electron

Primary control pulley found to have failed (brake handle pulley). Pin dislodged and block missing.

none
27 Aug 2004 Female 35 Club Pilot Montmin
France
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Advance
Alpha 3

Pilot had midair while thermalling. Poor lookout by both pilots.

none
14 Aug 2004 Male 53 Club Pilot Brantside
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Epsilon 3

Pilot inflated glider to feel the air and was lifted off his feet and thrown into a boulder, he was then dragged into a dry stone wall before being dragged through the wall which then fell on top of him!.

dislo finger, bruising, back spasm
14 Aug 2004 Male 36 Novice Ruddlers West
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Up
Makalu

Student failed to properly collapse glider after successful flight and landing. He was then dragged 20m by a gust of wind. Continued training for rest of day.

scratches and bruising
14 Aug 2004 Male Novice Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider


Student bruised shoulder while attempting a PLF, though told only to watch and wait at this point.

bruised shoulder
10 Aug 2004 Female 48 Club Pilot Mere Rifle Range
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Exact

Pilot encountered turbulence and landed heavily wearing trainers and carrying ballast.

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

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