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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
27 Apr 2017 Male 33 CP Babadag - Butterfly Valley
Turkey
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Pilot landed in the sea having failed to lose enough height on his final approach to beach landing.

Unhurt
27 Apr 2017 Male 64 Pilot Frocester
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Glider caught wing tip on tree branch swinging glider and pilot into the slope.

Seriously Injured
26 Apr 2017 Male 50 Pilot White mountain
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Atlas
Na
Na

Pilot was scratching close to the slope and did not notice a change in the wind direction. This resulted in a fast downwind leg and the pilot struck his foot on rocks in sinking air.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

19 Apr 2017 Male 31 AP Pen y Fan
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
LM6

Pilot noticed that chest strap was undone on LHS of harness 3.5 hours into a closed circuit cross country flight. Upon noticing, pilot flew into calm air and was able to connect the harness strap. The glider had handled normally during the flight until that point. The pilot continued the flight and landed safely.

Unhurt
18 Apr 2017 Male 60 AP Back of Ecton
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Peak 3

Pilot spun glider making tight turns on approach to landing.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

17 Apr 2017 Male 41 Pilot Westbury Bratton Camp
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure

Pilot applies excessive control input while turning into wind for a landing. Pilot spun glider at low level but landed safely.

Unhurt
17 Apr 2017 Male 47 CP Barton Aerodrome
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Sky Paragliders
Atis

Pilot noticed frayed webbing between harness and Charly tow release while packing away.

Unhurt
13 Apr 2017 Female 24 CP Fochriw
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot was ridge soaring and got too close to the slope resulting in a fast impact.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

13 Apr 2017 Female 40 Bell Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Adam

Student had completed short soaring flight and was briefed for a slope landing. On making initial approach student clipped tree in hedge line causing the glider to surge forward. Student landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

11 Apr 2017 Male 63 CP Gribbles ridge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot suffered an aneurysm and collapsed while ground handling prior to launch.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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