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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

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
11 Jun 2015 Male 43 CP Barkin Fell
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila

Pilot attempted to take off on a steep slope about 10m upwind of a wall. Strong wind and thermals contributed to loss of control of the glider whilst ground handling. Wing dragged pilot back up the slope and over the wall causing the injuries.

Minor Injuries
8 Jun 2015 Male 0 Pilot Pendle (normal NW face)
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mantra

Control inputs made by the pilot when responding to collapses and cravats in turbulent conditions led to the wing entering a deep stall to the ground.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

7 Jun 2015 Male 34 CP Eggardon
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Arcus4

Pilot glided further than anticipated and needed to turn to avoid a hedge. He over controlled and banked the wing. The resulting swing lead to a hard landing with ankle sprain.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

7 Jun 2015 Male 66 Pilot/Coach Long Mountain
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 9

Pilot took off into lift and felt a very strong 'gust front'. Really strong and struggled to penetrate. Wing oscillating, active flying. The right side of the wing veered violently and without warning entered a fast spin. Pilot recovered but then went parachutal hitting the ground on his back from 6m.

Unhurt
4 Jun 2015 Male 50 Pilot Beachy head
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Atlas

Pilot misjudged top landing approach in thermic conditions and collided with another pilot who was standing on the ground. The pilot on the ground suffered the loss of a tooth.

Minor Injuries
3 Jun 2015 Male 38 Pilot White Hill
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone

Pilot misjudged approach and landed with excess speed in a vehicle rut.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

3 Jun 2015 Male 38 CP White Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Wasp

Pilot landed in light winds but foot hit a tractor wheel rut resulting in fracture.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

30 May 2015 Female 20 Buttermere Moss
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Icaro
Acro model unknown

The incident occurred following an acro routine by the incident pilot at a flying event. The pilot (from France) misjudged her landing approach and executed a low dynamic turn into wind. The significant height loss during the turn led to the pilot impacting parked vehicles.

Minor Injuries
30 May 2015 Male 37 CP Buttermere Moss
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Leeside
Paraglider
Nova
Ion 3

Pilot miscalculated landing approach in changeable and gusty conditions. Pilot inadvertently stalled his glider trying to turn on realising his final approach would take him into a lake. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
30 May 2015 Male 0 Frocester
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
UP

Pilot took off into sinking air, which put him on a collision course with a tree. In attempting to avoid the tree the pilot spun the glider which then landed in the tree. The pilot came to rest 1m above the ground.

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

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