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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
30 Jul 2016 Male 49 Pilot Plaine Joux
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Pilot was caught out by deteriorating weather and was forced to land on hard ground in lee of ridge and trees. Pilot landed heavily in PLF position.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

23 Jul 2016 Male 40 Pilot Rybury
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Immediately after taking off the pilot put his feet into his pod and one of the pod support strings snapped. Pilot top landed and made repair.

Unhurt
23 Jul 2016 Male 53 CP Eype
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Ignition

Pilot took off without adequate pre-flight check and took off in front of approaching pilot.

Unhurt
22 Jul 2016 Male 64 CP Branscombe
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown

Pilot applied excessive control on final approach to top landing. Glider stalled at approx 6m and pilot landed heavily.

Unhurt
19 Jul 2016 Male 49 High and Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Student had been briefed for soaring and slope landing. After take-off, he turned right then weight shifted hard right and steered towards the hill. He was instructed to turn out from the hill (over the radio), but continued to fly towards the hill and connected, putting his hand out to stop himself.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

18 Jul 2016 Male 62 Pilot La Lastra
Spain
25-30 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at 60m while attempting to land in gusty, strong wind conditions. Pilot was blown back and landed between trees.

Minor Injuries
17 Jul 2016 Male 62 Pilot Manteigas
Portugal
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot failed to carry out adequate pre-flight-check and launched with tangled lines. Glider turned quickly to right and pilot struck head on rocks and tree.

Unhurt
12 Jul 2016 Male 52 CP Tailbridge, Cumbria
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 3

A pilot flying on a site he had flown on numerous previous occasions encountered unexpected sinking air when making a top landing in a north westerly wind, and impacted the ground hard, causing injury.

Seriously Injured
12 Jul 2016 Male 49 Pilot Paluknys tow field
Lithuania
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Skywalk
Mescal 3

Pilot was under tow is slight crosswind. While applying corrective control the tension increased causing the glider to stall and rotate. Glider dived towards the ground, still under tension. Eventually tension was released and the glider regained near level flight. Pilot landed heavily. No weak link in system.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

10 Jul 2016 Male 44 CP Chabre
France
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Swift 4

The pilot left the turn into wind late and landed approx 8m from a main road and parallel to it. Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on finals. Turbulence from passing traffic could have been a contributing factor.

Seriously Injured
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 18 December 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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