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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
18 Feb 2018 Male 0 Pilot Beachy Head
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky

Pilot was scratching low on sea cliffs when an asymmetric collapse caused pilot to drop onto the rocks. Pilot was rescued by coastguard.

Unhurt
17 Feb 2018 Male 80 Pilot Woolacombe
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma

Pilot omitted to clip into harness before clipping on flight deck. Inflated wing and fellow pilot noticed odd attitude of harness. Wing safely deflated and brought under control.

Unhurt
17 Feb 2018 Male 64 CP Woolacombe
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave

Pilot was seen to be ridge soaring with parachute handle detached. Landed without incident

Unhurt
17 Feb 2018 Male 54 Pilot St. Bees
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Gto 2

Pilot misjudged wind direction and flew into sinking air. Pilot was forced to make an emergency landing between the cliff and the sea, landing on large boulders.

Unhurt
12 Feb 2018 Male 46 Pilot Haresfield
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Summit XC

Wind increased while pilot was flying to point where he could not penetrate with full bar. Pilot applied big ears but made no forward progress. Pilot steered backwards and landed in trees. Pilot waited for assistance and was then able to climb down.

Unhurt
4 Feb 2018 Male 58 Pilot Carrock Fell
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was using "Wind Riders" hand warmers while flying. Pilot applied 'big ears' to give separation from a higher pilot before landing. On releasing the big ears and attempting to make a landing approach, the pilot found that his brake pulleys had become jammed in the fabric of the Wind Riders. Pilot landed hard in a sharp turn but was uninjured.

Unhurt
4 Feb 2018 Male 56 CP United Kingdom 10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion3
Verso
2

After preparing for flight and having completed pre-flight checks, pilot decided to change launch point. Pilot unclipped leg straps to make walking easier. Pilot did not carry out full pre-flight check and took off with leg straps undone. Pilot was unable to get into seat but was able to land due to vertical safety strap.

Unhurt
4 Feb 2018 Male 84 Pilot Crimdon dene
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 3

Pilot took of in windy conditions and was blown back into a caravan park.

Unhurt
30 Jan 2018 Male 48 Pilot Haresfield
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot caught wingtip in trees while ridge soaring but was able to turn away and land safely. Glider suffered broken lines at the top of the 'B' cascade at the wing tip.

Unhurt
26 Jan 2018 Female 50 AP Uffington White Horse
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot had been dragged on previous landing and failed to notice emergency parachute handle had become detached. Pilot was attempting to launch again but was stopped by a pilot who had noticed the parachute handle was not attached.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 18 June 2018 at 05:45:06 AM

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