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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
8 Jun 2013 Male 59 AP Treak Cliff
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 2

In gusty thermic conditions the pilot fastened his leg straps and turned to face his glider in order to prevent it from inflating. Pilot found he could not prevent it inflating and was lifted into the air and flipped upside down. Pilot banged head on the ground. Was assisted by another pilot.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

7 Jun 2013 Male 34 Parlick
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Arcus 6

Pilot unknowingly flew into an area of lee rotor. Pilot fell from approx 7m.

Seriously Injured
6 Jun 2013 Male 47 Pilot Parlick
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Escape
S'tream

Pilot suffered multiple collapses while attempting to top land in turbulent and thermic conditions. Pilot fell from 8m and was then dragged.

Seriously Injured
2 Jun 2013 Male 40 Pilot Rushup Edge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Bi Golden

While coming in for a slope landing the wind changed to a slight tail wind and the pilot encountered significant sink. Pilot landed fast with his leg extended.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

2 Jun 2013 Male 46 CP Firle
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot made turn above a group of paragliding students on the ground. As he passed over one of the students launched his wing. The pilot's feet became tangled in the glider and he braked and landed safely. Student admitted they did not look before launching.

Unhurt
1 Jun 2013 Male 53 Pilot XClent
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Nova
Factor 2

Pilot tripped while on takeoff run. Fell and broke arm.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

31 May 2013 Male 34 Beddingham
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Apco
Prima

Student made good launch but twisted ankle while running.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

22 May 2013 Male 46 Pilot Hayle Towans
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Little Cloud
Spiruline 3

Pilot was "too lazy" to walk up and so decided to top land. Was caught out by rotor and glider sustained a full frontal collapse. Pilot impacted hard from 10m.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

20 May 2013 Male 65 CP Planfait
France
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo

Pilot took off in thermic and turbulent conditions. Glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and the pilot did not counter the dive. Glider suffered second asymmetric collapse and again pilot did not counter the dive. Pilot crashed heavily into trees.

Fatal:
Feet, Legs

19 May 2013 Male 53 AP Lords Seat
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Peak 2

While thermalling Pilot was caught out by rotor from rounded knoll some 150m in front. Glider stalled in rotor and fell vertically from 15m. Pilot landed heavily

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

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

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