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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
22 Feb 2001 Male 39 Club Pilot Jama
Spain
8-16 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
APCO
Santana 30

Newly qualified pilot performed 360 degree turn with insufficient height, impacted the ground heavily.

Fractures of both ankles.
20 Feb 2001 Male 61 Wold 2
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Edel
Apollo

During launch the canopy started to drift to the right, the student failed to correct this and was soon airborne heading for a fence. The student failed to correct his flight path and impacted the fence.

Cut finger
19 Feb 2001 Male 33 Club Pilot Cwmparc
United Kingdom
24-32 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Trekking
Prelude

Pilot launched into strong gusty conditions and was unable to penetrate forward. At about 30ft up the canopy suffered an asymetric tuck to the right causing a turn into the hill.

Three fractured vertebrae: Which ones not specified. Sprained left ankle.
18 Feb 2001 Male 38 Hope Brink
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Offchute
Mirage

Student overcontrolled following launch causing the glider to turn sharply, student impacted the hill.

Fractured and dislocated tibia and fibula above the ankle.
18 Feb 2001 Male 43 Club Pilot Jama
Spain
8-16 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
APCO
Fiesta

Inexperienced pilot soaring unfamiliar cliff site. After performing several 180 degree turns the pilot lost height and finding himself too close to the cliff face was unable to turn away before impact.

Fractured and compressed vertebra 12T. (Stable)
17 Feb 2001 Male 28 Not Given
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Airwave
Reggae

Student tripped whilst launching, continnued to run but then fell over.

Fractured clavicle.
16 Feb 2001 Male 52 Club Pilot Beddingham
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
APCO
Sierra

Inexperienced pilot attempted reverse launch. Appeared to have incorrectly set up equipmment possibly had the controls in the wrong hands. Following inflation the pilot lost control of the canopy and pendulumed into the ground.

Suspected bruised or compressed spine.
16 Feb 2001 Male 60 Club Pilot Alfamar (Malaga)
Spain
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Swing
Arcus



Fractured femur, ribs, punctured lung.
14 Feb 2001 Male 35 Pilot Rushup Edge
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
APCO
Allegra

Pilot attemting to use thermal lift whilst very close to the hill in very weak conditions. Canopy suffered a left tuck, the pilot attempted to pump the left control but the canopy spun into the hill.

Sprained ankle. Complicated by discovery of a fracture related to a previous injury.
13 Feb 2001 Male 29 Combe Gibbett
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Edel
Apollo

Student made final turn on landing approach too wide and as a result had insufficient height to reach the landing area and flew into small trees at the base of the hill.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 12 December 2018 at 05:45:09 AM

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