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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
17 Jul 2013 Male 65 Pilot High and Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

While attempting to thermal the pilot drifted too far back over the hill at a low height into an area of rotor. Pilot hit rotor and was dumped down heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15 Jul 2013 Male 24 Pilot The Terrace
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Speed Tandem

During take off run in light winds the tandem passenger slowed down and the glider could not launch. Both pilot and passenger fell over the edge of the terrace onto a sandy ledge 6m below.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

14 Jul 2013 Male 0 White Horse
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Ascent

Pilot launched with asymmetric collapse and was immediately turned back into the hill from approx 5m.

Seriously Injured
13 Jul 2013 Male 61 St Catherines
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Apco
Fiesta 2

During practice launch run the student allowed the glider to overfly him. The instructor told him to apply some brake but the student did not. Glider pulled student over.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

12 Jul 2013 Male 40 Pilot Morzine
France
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Astral 6

On final approach pilot was lifted by thermal then dumped back down from 4m. Pilot suspects he may have had too much brake applied.

Seriously Injured:
Thoracic Spine

7 Jul 2013 Male 49 CP Whitewool
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Spider

Pilot was distracted while on approach by another paraglider ground handling his wing. Pilot turned into wind too low and with too much ground speed. Landed heavily. The cow was not involved!

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

7 Jul 2013 Male 33 Pilot Fan Gyhirych
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Swift

Pilot inflated glider but had a brake line caught. He tried to deflate glider but was lifted off the hill. Glider turned and pilot crashed downwind on top of the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

7 Jul 2013 Male 40 CP Bo Peep
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 3

Pilot suffered mid air collision with another paraglider on busy site. Both landed safely.

Unhurt
7 Jul 2013 Male 0 Blorenge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot


Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on approach then stalled glider in from approx 20m.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

7 Jul 2013 Male 58 Pilot Cairnwell
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Unknown

Pilot set up for reverse launch on rocky hillside. As he inflated the glider a wingtip snagged on the rocks and the glider was lifted by a thermal gust. The pilot lost control and was lifted and crashed down repeatedly before coming to rest in an unconscious state. He was attended by other pilots.

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

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