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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
4 Apr 2002 Male 37 Club Pilot Mam Tor
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
Ignition

Whilst performing a reverse launch the pilot became airborne during his turn - he flew the canopy forward. At 15ft the canopy suffered an asymmetric collapse and turned into the hillside, the pilot had insufficient time to correct this.

Fr tibia, dl right ankle.
30 Mar 2002 Male 42 Pilot Mere
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Apco
Futura

Pilot discovered a 15 inch tear in the canopy whilst building a wall. He has no idea what caused this tear.

30 Mar 2002 Male 38 Holme Next The Sea Sssi
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Nova
Xact 25

Attempting to tow a paraglider behind a car the canopy locked out and the canopy was pulled into the beach severely injuring the pilot.

Fractures to: R knee, 3 or 4 Lumbar vertebrae (compression) Internal injuries.
30 Mar 2002 Male 38 Pilot Mynyad Meid
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Atom

Following landing the pilot was dragged sideways into a ditch.

Broken Right Hand- 2 metacarpal bones
29 Mar 2002 Male 37 Club Pilot Woldham 2
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Nova
Carbon

Prior to tow launch, as tension came full the line the tow release partially failed resulting in the left bridle coming off with the tow line attached to the right bridle only. The launched was aborted when the pilot had reached 10ft. Landed ok.

24 Mar 2002 Male 46 Pilot Bwlch Y Groes
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
ADG
Bi - Manta

Following a tandem flight it was discovered that one of the maillons connecting the riser to the spreader bar was undone and had stretched out of shape by approx 5mm.

23 Mar 2002 Male 32 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Trekking
Sunbeam

Student fell during forward launch dislocating his knee cap.

Dislocated knee cap
17 Mar 2002 Male 37 Club Pilot Atherfield
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Airwave
Alto

Following launch the pilot to a steeper cliff area in search of stronger lift. The air in this area was quite turbulent. As the pilot turned the glider it caught by a gust and the pilot impacted the cliff with his ankle. He flew to the beach to land.

FR/DL ankle
13 Mar 2002 Male 24 Novice Morroco
Morocco


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DISPLACED VERTEBRA. POSSIBLE SPINAL INJURY
26 Feb 2002 Male 32 Club Pilot Jama Tenerife
Spain
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Fiesta
S

Newly qualified pilot confused instructions to another pilot for his own - he turned left following launch into the hillside as he felt he might collide with a lorry driving up the road in front of launch.

Two fractured vertebrae
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 June 2018 at 05:45:05 AM

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