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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.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
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


Paraglider




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
24 Feb 2002 Male 52 Club Pilot Alicante
Spain


Paraglider


No details.

Fatal.
17 Feb 2002 Male 46 Advanced Pilot West Firle
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h

Paraglider


Tandem pilot seen to launch into very strong conditions. When landing he was dragged backwards through a barbed wire fence.

Cuts to face.
12 Feb 2002 Male 47 Pilot Sierra De Lujar
Spain
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Ozone
Electron

Following a 6000ft top to bottom flight the pilot failed to turn into wind whilst high enough - he therefore decided to land downwind at which point he noticed a 3ft high wall. With no time for alternative options he flew into the wall.

Compound fracture to femur (L). Blood loss.
13 Jan 2002 Male 32 Club Pilot Monte Carlo
Monaco
0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Pro Design
Effect 38

Whilst soaring in thermal lift two paragliders collided causing a tear to one of them. The pilot managed to land safely.

Shock.
6 Jan 2002 Female 45 Club Pilot Mount Pleasant
Barbados
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Assisted)
Nova
Axon



Fractured vertebra lower back.
1 Jan 2002 Male 39 Club Pilot Chillerton
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Independence
Dragon

Whilst performing a 360 degree turn the pilot encountered sinking air resulting in a loss of altitude. The pilot clipped the hillside whilst exiting the turn.

Fractured vertabrae * 2, broken finger nail.
29 Dec 2001 Male 18 Hunstanton
United Kingdom
+ 48 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Apco
Astra

Instructor attempting to demonstrate hand towing in 30mph wind in front of hill Student held the tow line whilst the Instructr assited another student who was clipped into the harness / canopy. All three were dragged back.

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