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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
21 Jul 2018 Male 19 CP Mt Caburn
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown
Unknown

Pilot turned sharply and dived into the hill (hit side of slope) with speed.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18 Jul 2018 Male 50 Pilot Milk Hill
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Spice

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and spin while trying to thermal tightly at low level. Pilot could not regain control before impacting the hill.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

16 Jul 2018 Male 0 Dunstable downs
United Kingdom
+45 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Sprint

Pilot was caught out by sudden increase in wind strength due to frontal activity. Pilot was blown back over the hill and crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
15 Jul 2018 Male 0 CP Eype
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure

Pilot collided with cliff face while ridge soaring.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15 Jul 2018 Male 39 Pilot Milk Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot encountered strong turbulence while ridge soaring. Glider collapsed but pilot was able to recover and land safely.

Unhurt
14 Jul 2018 Male 40 Pilot Milk
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot encountered turbulence while ridge soaring as wind was off to the south causing leeside turbulence. Pilot suffered frontal collapse and crashed onto the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

14 Jul 2018 Male 44 Pilot Magic
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 5

Reverse launch take off in strong winds. Pilot was lifted off the ground whilst facing the glider. Unable to rotate to untwist the lines, brake input was ineffective. Glider turned slowly and impacted hill with some force.

Seriously Injured
12 Jul 2018 Male 40 Club Pilot Pandy
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot had insufficient height to make official landing field and in an attempt to land in an adjacent field he caught the glider on a tree while on final approach. Pilot landed safely but glider landed on the tree.

Unhurt
12 Jul 2018 Male 0 Unknown Weybourne
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Golden 2

Pilot spun glider while cliff soaring. Pilot impacted cliff halfway down and ended up on the beach below.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

12 Jul 2018 Male 33 Pilot Planpraz
France
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot was flying along the valley side in thermic conditions and suffered an asymmetric collapse. The glider rapidly entered a spiral with twisted risers and the pilot blacked out. Pilot regained consciousness in time to deploy parachute landing 30m up in the trees. Pilot activated Echo112 App from phone and was rescued safely.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 15 December 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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