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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
31 May 2002 Male 37 Club Pilot Le Reward
France
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Nova
Carbon

Pilot misjudged suitability of field for landing following a cross country flight, narrowly avoided power lines and an electric fence, and in the process caused the glider to spin 180 degrees resulting in the pilot landing heavily on his back.

Compressed L2 vertibrae- fracture; To hospital in Central Annecy
28 May 2002 Male 47 Paravion


Paraglider


Parachute bridle shortened. When re-attached to the harness the carabiner would prize the stitching apart.

27 May 2002 Male 32 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
2- One



Broken Ulna & Radius
24 May 2002 Male Club Pilot Field, Roxton Road, Chawston, Beds
United Kingdom


Paraglider


Report received from AAIB - low level paraglider collapse.

Fatal.
12 May 2002 Male 46 Club Pilot Kimmeridge
United Kingdom


Paraglider


Helicopter flew low over site.

11 May 2002 Female 43 Club Pilot Bossington
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Matrix

Following a soaring flight the pilot flew downwind at 500ft agl to land at the car park. At 250ft the canopy suffered a major collapse. The pilot chose to throw her emergency parachute which opened immediately. She landed uninjured.

5 May 2002 Male 46 Monks Down
United Kingdom
32-40 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Airwave
Xbow

Hang glider pilot nosed in whilst top landing in a small field. Was seen to approach with insufficient airspeed.

knee grase
4 May 2002 Male 52 Club Pilot Kennel Farm
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Winch Tow


Whilst Operator was setting guillotines on Koch winch splicing on braided nylon rope failed as he pushed down on bar causing him to fall forward and hit his face on drum.

Cut to Chin Bruizing to cheek bone
4 May 2002 Male 33 Pilot Hillend Edinburgh
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Edel
Promise

Whilst collapsing the canopy following landing a gust caused the canopy to inflate pulling the pilot up and backwards. The pilots helmet hit a fence and snagged as the rest of his body was pulled over the fence.

Concussion & Strained muscle in neck
4 May 2002 Male 67 Club Pilot Kennel Farm
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Ozone
Electron

Following a tow launch the pilot flew downwind back to launch. He failed to turn into wind to landed - downwind landing.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 June 2018 at 05:45:06 AM

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