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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
14 Nov 2010 Male 41 Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Advance
Sigma 7

Pilot encountered severe turbulence on approach to land, possibly due to wave. Glider surged and pilot was swung into ground.

Fractured vertebra and heel.
24 Oct 2010 Male 49 Advanced Pilot Dharamshala
India
0-11 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Nova
Factor

Pilot made poor judgement while attempting to land in unfamiliar area. Had to make tight, low turn to avoid power lines and crashed into parked car.

Fracture L1 vertebra
20 Oct 2010 Male 56 Pilot St Agnes
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone

Pilot lost footing on landing and was dragged into car.

Fractured pelvis
17 Oct 2010 Male 54 Under training Challow Hill Farm
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Dudek
Nemo

Student went off line on tow and stumbled on landing.

Strained shoulder
16 Oct 2010 Male 27 Club Pilot Carrock Fell
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Geo

Pilot was seen to be initiating alternating left and right turns, possibly attempting wingovers, while ridge soaring. He then suffered an asymmetric collapse. The glider rotated a number of times before crashing into the hill.

severe head injuries, fr vertebra, fr collar bone.
15 Oct 2010 Male 59 Pilot Firle
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Sky
Antea

Pilot was dragged into wall in gusty conditions.

Head injuries, bruising.
2 Oct 2010 Female 47 Club Pilot Horcum
United Kingdom
28-34 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Rookie

Pilot lost control of glider while attempting to launch in strengthening wind conditions. Pilot was pulled by wing and twisted knee.

Torn knee ligaments
1 Oct 2010 Male 41 Pilot St Andre
France


Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Gradient
XC2

Pilot suffered unintentional parachute deployment while on approach. Landed in/through tree without injury.

None
26 Sep 2010 Male 61 Pilot Corn Ridge
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Ozone
Rush

Pilot was overflown by police helicopter with a height difference of approx 200ft.

None
26 Sep 2010 Male 47 Pilot Corn Ridge
United Kingdom
20-27 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
U-Turn
U2

Pilot entered spin at low level while flying tandem landing heavily.

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

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