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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
21 Nov 2016 Male 35 AP Tap o' Noth - bottom landing
United Kingdom


Powered PG
Powered
Wing:

Engine:

Zenith

Shortly after take-off the pilot suffered a prop failure. With no apparent impact the prop was inspected and found to have delaminated.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
11 Nov 2016 Male 45 Pilot Power Waldringfield
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Niviuk
Dobermann 2
Polini
250

Pilot flew through turbulent air while practising a competition task. Glider suffered a collapse while travelling at approx 80kph and became cravatted. Pilot deployed emergency parachute and deployment bag damaged prop, but landed safely.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Oct 2016 Male 57 Pilot Power Private Field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Apco
Force 2

Engine:


Pilot stalled wing while turning against the torque at low level in attempt to avoid overflying neighbours. Pilot managed to kill engine before heavy impact.

Minor Injuries
23 Oct 2016 Male 37 Pilling
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h

Powered PG
Foot
Jojo Wings
Instinct
Flymecc
LC

Pilot lost control of paramotor at low altitude.

Fatal
10 Oct 2016 Male 54 Pilot United Kingdom 15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Engine:

Air Conception
Ultra 130

Paramotor pilot posted Airprox having had an encounter with a biplane that appeared to be involved in a display with two balloons. Pilot did not realise the biplane was a full sized manned aircraft, having initially thought it was a drone.

Unhurt
3 Oct 2016 Male 18 Pilot Rated United Kingdom 0-5 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
GTS

Engine:

ParaJet
Zenith

Pilot lost control shortly after launch when he discovered a control line was wrapped around one riser. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

27 Sep 2016 Male 0 CP Hill Bornos
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Engine:

Miniplane
Top 80

Student attempted initial launch run but stopped immediately due to strained calf.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

23 Sep 2016 Male 53 Institute gravel car park
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Roadster 2
Parajet
V3 190

Pilot suffered engine failure after 15 minutes but had height to return to take-off. Take-off area was sloping carpark and pilot was forced to land crosswind. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

18 Jul 2016 Female 33 Walworth Road Recreation Ground
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Revolution3

Engine:


Paramotor pilots were training in a NOTAM'd area and were thermalling with engines off. Military C130 passed between two pilots, apparently having not seen them. Pilots landed safely.

Unhurt
27 Jun 2016 Male 45 Pilot Power Colleymore Farm
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Hadron XX

Engine:

Macfly
250

Whilst making a powered paraglider flight in a competition, the pilot inadvertently stalled the wing when applying power during a low level pass, causing the pilot to impact on his back, sustaining damage to the power unit.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 June 2018 at 05:45:05 AM

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