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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
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.

3 May 2002 Female 39 Club Pilot United Kingdom

Paraglider
Apco
Fiesta S

Brummel hooks were wider than 1mm suggested gap - discovered upon inspection.

3 May 2002 Male 45 Pilot Dora
Cyprus
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Carbon

Following a soaring flight the pilot appraoched the top landing by making a downwind leg then turning into wind. On turning into wind the pilot realised his glider wasnt penetrating forward. At 20ft his canopy collapsed and he fell to the ground.

Broken right Wrist- fractured lower radius
21 Apr 2002 Male 25 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
FreeX
Sun

Student tripped and fell whilst ground handling the canopy.

Unspecified injury to R arm/shoulder.
20 Apr 2002 Male 19 Barton
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Swing
Mistral

During a tow launch the canopy gained 6ft altitude before descending due to lack of tension - as it did so the pilots body rotated resulting in the injury.

Unspecified injury to left leg.
20 Apr 2002 Male 44 Pilot Steyning
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Trekking
Dynasty

Flying in turbulent conditions encountered sinking air as he turned away from the ridge. This resulted in him sinking below the ridge and approaching a tree, the pilots attemps to turn away from the tree were too late.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 24 May 2019 at 05:45:08 AM

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