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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
31 Oct 2012 Male 49 AP Bir
India
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Pioneer

While gliding on full speed bar the pilot had mid air collision with Griffon vulture which became entangled in glider lines. Glider stalled and after attempting to dislodge bird pilot deployed parachute. Bird fell away and pilot landed in 35m pine tree. Pilot climbed down uninjured.

Unhurt
20 Oct 2012 Male 27 CP Fair Snape Fell
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Bolero 4

Pilot was lifted off the ground facing the wrong direction while attempting to launch in strong winds. Pilot failed to control the glider before it turned and impacted the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

20 Oct 2012 Male 60 Legzira Bowl
Morocco
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 3

Student launched but drifted to right and hit foot on large rock.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

9 Oct 2012 Male 61 Pilot Palmorat
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 3

Pilot suffered frontal collapse that dived in front. Glider recovered with 50% cravat. Glider began to spiral so pilot deployed parachute. Parachute did not open and rotated around pilot. Parachute opened a little just before pilot impacted.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

6 Oct 2012 Male 43 CP Hill Farm
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Not recorded

Pilot was being winched when weak link broke at 10m. Pilot landed heavily on feet then back.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

15 Sep 2012 Male 44 Rhossili
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Harmony

Student launched glider but then stumbled and fell over on to outstretched arm.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14 Sep 2012 Male 45 CP St Vincent
France
15-20 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint

Pilot attempted top landing but did not have sufficient height and landed with tail wind. Heavy impact.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

8 Sep 2012 Male 59 Muggery
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 2

Student failed to flare correctly and sat down on landing twisting ankle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

8 Sep 2012 Male 50 AP Golden Ball
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Boomerang X

Pilot suffered symmetric collapse at low level and was not able to fully recover glider before hitting the ground in a slow turn. Glider fell over tree.

Unhurt
4 Sep 2012 Male 40 Bell Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Apco
Tetra

Student put foot down hole obscured by long grass on landing.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 June 2018 at 05:45:06 AM

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