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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
6 Oct 2013 Male 0 CP Milk Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha

While pilot was ridge soaring in light conditions he collided with the glider of another pilot who was kiting his wing up the will. No injuries.

Unhurt
5 Oct 2013 Male 51 Pilot St Bees
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Swing
Stratus WRC

While soaring sea cliffs at about 50m AGL a light aircraft passed 75m in front of, and at the same altitude as the paraglider pilot. Airprox filed.

Unhurt
5 Oct 2013 Male 41 Whetton
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nervures
Estive

Student forward launched glider but allowed the glider to overfly him. Student was pulled over.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

24 Sep 2013 Male 63 Pilot Babadag
Turkey
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 3

Having failed to recover from a spin the risers twisted up and the pilot deployed his parachute. The parachute failed to open fully and the pilot hit the water hard enough to burst harness airbag. Possible issues with packing.

Unhurt
14 Sep 2013 Male 62 Pilot Lords Seat
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Pilot did not notice change in wind direction and could not adjust in time for landing. Landed crosswind and caught leg on tussock of grass.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12 Sep 2013 Female 32 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides Evo

Student landed a little too fast and did not flare hard enough. Student stumbled forward onto hand.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

5 Sep 2013 Male 0 CP Rybury
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Prion

Pilot struggled to launch and then flew parallel to the hillside in increasing winds. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse and turned towards the hill. Glider reinflated but pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

4 Sep 2013 Male 0 CP Allez Up
France


Paraglider


During a parachute check it was discovered that the velcro used to alter the size of the parachute compartment had damaged the deployment bag. The velcro was refitted correctly and the parachute reinstalled.

Unhurt
2 Sep 2013 Male 54 AP Frocester
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 2

Pilot was scratching low over trees utilising weak thermic lift. Pilot then encountered large sink and landed in the top of the trees. Branches then gave way and pilot fell 7-10m to the ground in a sitting position.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

31 Aug 2013 Male 66 Ditchling
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Cruiser 2

Student did refresher top to bottom but flared to high/hard and was lifted up and landed on his back.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 15 December 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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