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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.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
13 May 2018 Male 38 CP Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

Pilot turned low in a thermal close to trees. Pilot then hit sink and was caught in the rotor behind the trees. Glider suffered asymmetric collapses but pilot was able to land but hit a fence post.

Unhurt
12 May 2018 Male 40 Talybont
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Nevada

Pilot misjudged wind direction and attempted to make a slope landing downwind on steep terrain. Pilot tripped on landing.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

12 May 2018 Male 56 CP Babadag
Turkey
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z5

Pilot forward launched in a gentle breeze from Babadag 1800m take-off. Glider came up slightly asymmetrically. Pilot eventually moved under the wing, but failed to load the glider up with his body weight. Glider experienced a small frontal collapse on the edge of take off. Pilot fell off the front of launch. The glider did not fully recover before the pilot hit the road below.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

8 May 2018 Male 39 Pilot Chinkwell Tor
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Omega X-Alps 2

Pilot both hands off brakes to adjust vario, frontal collapse happened during this time and without enough height to recover.

Seriously Injured
7 May 2018 Male 66 Pilot Brecon Beacons
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot accidentally flew into leeside of hill. Glider collapsed and entered spiral dive. Pilot recovered glider but with large cravat. On approaching ground level glider was hit by gust and pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
6 May 2018 Male 52 Pilot Nont sarahs
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 3

Pilot hit heavy sink while ridge soaring and crashed onto rocky slope.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

5 May 2018 Male 55 CP Windbank
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion 5

Pilot took of with a full riser twist but was able to untwist and get into pod. On attempting to turn back into wind the pilot applied excessive control and spun the glider.

Seriously Injured
5 May 2018 Male 47 Pilot Fairsnape Fell
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Escape
S21

The wind dropped while pilot was ridge soaring downwind. Pilot came down fast on area of stones.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

29 Apr 2018 Male 63 Pilot MAPPLETON
United Kingdom
35-40 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
OMEGA

Pilot was pulled over as wing rotated while attempting to launch in strong wind.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Apr 2018 Male 43 Dune de Pyla
France
40-45 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Freestyle 2

Pilot misjudged spiral dive on unfamiliar glider losing more height than anticipated. Pilot impacted sand dune at speed.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

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

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