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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
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
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

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 19 August 2018 at 05:45:05 AM

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