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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
19 Sep 2010 Male 67 Pilot Dungiven West
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Paramania
Rev 2

Pilot decided to top land due to increasing wind. Touched down but was dragged into boulder.

3 fractured ribs and collapsed lung.
19 Sep 2010 Male 63 Club Pilot Otivar
Spain
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Sigma 7

Pilot misjudged height on approach and in bleeding off height encountered severe sink. Pilot hit roadside barrier.

Fractured spine
16 Sep 2010 Male 33 Club Pilot St Agnes
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Artax

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while on approach. Struck rock.

Fractured knee
12 Sep 2010 Female 26 Under training Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Sky
Fides

Student grabbed line as glider was caught by wind.

Line burn to hand
5 Sep 2010 Female 12 Under training North Luffenham
28-34 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Independence
Voyager 42

Just prior to launch gust lifted and rotated glider and wing tip holder let go. Pilot and passenger fell over.

Bruised wrist
5 Sep 2010 Male 36 Club Pilot Spain 20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sol
Ellus 3

Pilot hit sink on approach and landed heavily.

Fractured L1 and L2 vertebrae
1 Sep 2010 Male 42 Advanced Pilot St Andre
France
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gin
Boomerang GTO

While racing at low height Pilot ended up in severe leeside turbulence. Glider ended up below pilot who then threw parachute. Landed uninjured.

None
31 Aug 2010 Female 40 Under training Charlton Clumps
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Independence
Merlin

On first flight student took a few steps but then jumped before glider properly flying. Fell heavily on knee.

Torn ligaments in knee
30 Aug 2010 Male 40 Tinto North
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Wave

Pilot stalled glider at about 10m while on approach.

Back injuries
29 Aug 2010 Male 47 Advanced Pilot St Andre Les Alps
France
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
FR3

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and subsequent cravat due to slipping trimmer. Deployed parachute but main reinflated. Pilot struggled to pull in main canopy and landed heavily in trees.

Bruised abdomen and meat and two veg!!
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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