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British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
22 Oct 2016 Male 57 CP Bo peep
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Yeti

Pilot attempted to top land close to a barbwire fence. Speedbar caught on fence then glider fell on fence.

Unhurt
21 Oct 2016 Male 59 AP Villebois Lavallette
France


Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Koch
Winch

During a routine inspection of the weak link components of a twin drum Koch winch it was found that the aluminium cases that house the aluminium weak links had their ends burred over such that the link would not slide out of the housing. This rendered the weak link inoperative and the force required to break it would have been considerably more than the certified intended force.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
14 Oct 2016 Male 48 Pilot 360
India
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Tala

Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level while thermalling. Pilot was unable to regain control of the glider and deployed his emergency parachute. Parachute had insufficient height to deploy fully and pilot impacted rocks.

Fatal:
Head Injuries

10 Oct 2016 Male 40 Pilot Herne Bay
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4
None
None

While coastal soaring the pilot was blown back into rotor turbulence by strengthening wind.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

9 Oct 2016 Male 38 CP Mundsley
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 2

Pilot was caught out by strengthening winds and was blown back into a village. While being blown back, pilot pushed off house chimney to avoid standing on roof before crashing through a telephone line and landing in conifers.

Unhurt
2 Oct 2016 Male 51 CP Cow Close Fell
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Tattoo

Pilot spun glider while soaring in weak conditions. Pilot crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
2 Oct 2016 Male 55 CP Turkey

Paraglider


During routine kit inspection before start of SIV, reserve deployment failure identified. Damage to harness had most likely happened during accident the previous year. Reserve retaining flap had ripped and reserve had fallen through the hole making deployment impossible. Reserve set up and internal parts of the harness had not been inspected since the accident.

Unhurt
1 Oct 2016 Male 38 CP Not applicable
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Not APPLICABLE

On repacking parachute to new harness pilot found the chute would not deploy without pulling the velcro apart. Also had loose webbing to webbing connection.

Unhurt
21 Sep 2016 Male 55 Quatro Mojones
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student lost balance as glider came up to one side. Student caught ankle on rock.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

19 Sep 2016 Female 0 Beddingham
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Magnum 2

Student sprained ankle during tandem take-off run causing launch to be aborted.

Pilot
Unhurt:
Feet, Legs

Passenger
Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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

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