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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
10 Apr 2014 Male 44 CP Frocester
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Golden 2

Pilot landed on slightly rising ground with rough contour/rabbit holes. Flared late and landed at speed, left foot caught in rabbit hole and twisted as pilot continued forward to halt.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

4 Apr 2014 Male 50 CP Ringstead
25-30 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint evo
Not applicable

Pilot decided to land as he was unhappy with the breezy conditions. Pilot sustained asymmetric collapse at low level and impacted the hillside with force.

Seriously Injured
1 Apr 2014 Male 53 Pilot Stanage
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Avax
Avax XC3

On approach to landing in a small clear area surrounded by rocks and uneven ground, the pilot attempted to progressively flair but stalled the wing, causing the pilot to fall vertically about 1.5 metres onto uneven ground.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

30 Mar 2014 Male 52 Pilot Labrador Bay
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Apco
Zefira

Pilot misjudged local winds and flew into an area of severe turbulence. Rapid height loss necessitated an emergency landing on a rocky beach.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

30 Mar 2014 Male 52 Pilot Labrador Bay, South Devon
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


Pilot missed sandy landing area and landed on rocky ledge but then fell forward off ledge onto rocks 1m below. Pilot's leg became trapped in rocks damaging ankle.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

16 Mar 2014 Male 43 CP Butser Hill West
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Pilot decided to slope land due to weak conditions. Pilot made turn towards the hill rather than away and impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

16 Mar 2014 Female 41 CP Bell Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 4

Pilot spun glider on approach and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
15 Mar 2014 Male 39 Beginner Woldingham Valley
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Freex
Freex trainer

Student stumbled during reverse inflation attempt and caught finger on ground.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15 Mar 2014 Male 69 BHPA Pilot Montellano
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Raven

Flying in crowded conditions pilot suffered a symmetric collapse. Combination of wake turbulence and thermic turbulence suspected. Pilot was concerned that he focused on recovering glider and not at available height and parachute deployment.

Unhurt
8 Mar 2014 Male 29 CP The Warren
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Pilot misjudged approach height and over flew landing area. Pilot landed in the sea but was able to get away from his glider immediately.

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

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