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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
15 Mar 2018 Male 55 None aircraft mechanic United Kingdom

Powered PG

Bailey paramotor

Experienced Aircraft Mechanic completely unfamiliar with paramotoring decided to work at home on a friends paramotor. The engine was run without a safety cage but sitting on a small wood board. The engine suddenly reved up, started to lift and tilt releasing from the board. The mechanic was struck hard on the face diagonally with 2 strikes from the carbon prop that did eventually break.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

14 Jan 2018 Male 52 CP Hope Cove
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
Pollini
Thor130

On making his approach to land the pilot entered rotor turbulence caused by nearby cliffs. Wind had changed direction in the hour since the pilot took off.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

3 Dec 2017 Male 0 Pilling
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Apco
NRG Pro

Engine:

Apco
Air Comfort

Pilot lost control of glider while flying at low altitude and crashed into ploughed field.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

15 Nov 2017 Male 51 CP Bornos Lake
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
Miniplane
Miniplane moster

Pilot lost balance on launch having recovered from small frontal collapse then fell forward dislocating his shoulder.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

8 Oct 2017 Male 30 CP DUNGIVEN WEST
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Unknown

Engine:

PAP I THINK

Pilot tripped on launch and cut nose on spectacles.

Minor Injuries
13 Aug 2017 Male 38 Non bhpa N/a
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Apco
Force 2
Parajet
Zenith V5s

Pilot was climbing out of field when glider entered a spin at low level. Pilot impacted heavily before recovery could be achieved.

Seriously Injured
5 Jul 2017 Male 62 Pilot Moreton Common
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Niviuk
Kougar 2

Engine:

TechnoFly
Octagon (Nitro)

Pilot was walking towards wing with engine running (warm up phase) when it went to full power and throttle cable caught in propeller, pulling hand backwards through netting into spinning propeller as he fell sideways onto ground.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Jul 2017 Male 48 Pilot Parafest N Wales
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Engine:

Wasp
EOS100

Pilot made emergency landing having lost power. Discovered exhaust had fallen off and gone through prop. Fuel tank had also ruptured and was spraying fuel.

Unhurt
25 May 2017 Male 63 Pilot Rufforth Gliding Club
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Powered PG
PARAMANIA
Gtx
Bailey
Hornet

Pilot stalled at low level having encountered sinking air. Pilot defended vertically and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

24 May 2017 Male 58 CP Challow Paramotor Club
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

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Powered
Wing:

Engine:


Pilot attempted to launch but did not get airborne before running into a fence.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 October 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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