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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
22 Jul 2012 Male 53 CP Barton on Sea
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Freex

Pilot was ridge soaring close to cliff top. Pilot misjudged turn and collided with cliff top before being dragged over cliff by glider.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

20 Jul 2012 Female 32 Firle
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Wave

Student made approach to top landing but did not have sufficient height. Student flew through tree before falling down the other side.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

15 Jul 2012 Male 60 Pilot Rybury
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint Evo

Pilot got foot caught in lines during launch. On freeing foot a strong gust lifted the glider and pilot with a twist in the risers. Pilot was dumped over spine back ridge.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

14 Jul 2012 Male 30 Pilot Zani Pass
Pakistan
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Golden 3

Pilot encountered strong thermal on final approach and applied 'big ears' and speed bar. No further recollections due to crash.

Seriously Injured
10 Jul 2012 Male 43 AP Chelan
United States
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mantra M4

Pilot encountered sever turbulence close to base causing glider to dive and spiral. Pilot tried to recover but lines became twisted. Pilot deployed parachute then struggled to get glider under control and prevent down plane. Finally controlled glider at 100m AGL.

Unhurt
10 Jul 2012 Male 41 Buching
Germany
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Cruiser 2

Student hit tree on final approach and was rescued by local mountain rescue uninjured.

Unhurt
8 Jul 2012 Male 0 CP Long Mynd
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown

Pilot noticed leg strap had come undone in flight. Inspection showed that the underside spring had jammed in the buckle mechanism giving the impression that it had connected properly. When pulled at an angle however, it released.

Unhurt
8 Jul 2012 Male 0 CP Bell Hill
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


Pilot was blown back over ridge into turbulent air. The glider recovered but pendulumed causing the pilot to cash heavily from 10m.

Seriously Injured
4 Jul 2012 Male 54 Pilot Whitsand Bay
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 3

Pilot was testing an unfamiliar EN C glider. Attempted to pull 'big ears' but ended up stalling the glider. Pilot deployed parachute and impacted cliff side.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

3 Jul 2012 Male 56 Planfait
France
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Primax

Student ran out of height while following his flight plan and was unable to make the landing area. He did not respond to radio commands. Student landed on roof.

Minor Injuries:
Pelvis

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

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