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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.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
5 Jun 2016 Male 0 Dee Estuary
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Powered PG
Foot
Dudek
Synth 2
Bulldog
Thor 110

While flying low, pilot caught foot in water and was forced to land in estuary. Pilot was forced to request assistance due to mud and incoming tide.

Unhurt
22 Mar 2016 Male 42 Pilot Selsey
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Dudek
Hadron xx
MacFly
Poling 250

Pilot suffered a collapse at low level.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

3 Oct 2015 Male 35 CP Benone
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Roadster
Parajet
Volution 2

Pilot noticed that heat from the exhaust melted a hole in the fuel tank. Proximity of exhaust very close to tank.

Unhurt
19 Sep 2015 Male 58 AP Marston Airfield
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Dudek
Snake (not xx)
Bulldog
Spirit Moster

Pilot lost control of glider at low level while attempting a high banked turn during slalom practice. During the manoeuvre the pilot noticed the left brake handle had become detached from the brake lines. The pilot was unable to regain control and crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
7 Jul 2015 Male 50 Pilot (Power) Siurana Alt Emporda 17469
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Slalom
Macfly
EVO 200 Thor

A paramotor pilot was critically injured upon impact with the ground, and died from his injuries. There were no witnesses to the flight or the impact.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

20 Jan 2015 Male 58 Pilot Private field
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Revo 2

Engine:

Fly products
Jet top 80

Pilot took off wearing a scarf tucked into his flying suit. Scarf became loose and caught in the recoil start mechanism. Engine stopped causing scarf to tighten round pilot's neck. Pilot was able to breath with difficulty and was able to make emergency landing.

Minor Injuries
3 Oct 2014 Male 0 SE landing of Lijar
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Engine:

Parajet
Zenith

Student lifted leg too early while attempting second powered flight. Prop broke and pilot did not back off power as instructed and was pushed over.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

31 May 2014 Male 46 Pilot Mersea Island
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Powered PG
Foot
Paramania
GTX
Bailey
Top80

Pilot lost control of glider during launch in light and variable conditions and crashed into a parked car.

Minor Injuries
16 Feb 2014 Male 50 Pilot XC flight
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Fusion

Engine:

PAP
1450 Moster

During an XC flight the drive belt came off (but stayed with engine) leading to loss of thrust. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
7 Jul 2013 Male 56 AP Challow Hill Farm
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Synthesis

Engine:

Bailey
175 V3

At a safe height pilot let go of one brake to get into harness. Brake handle was sucked through mesh towards prop but did not hit prop. Pilot recovered brake and flew on.

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

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