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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.

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
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
16 May 2013 Male 52 CP Puerto Serrano
Spain
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Element

Engine:

PAP
Top 80

Student made a good powered launch but had applied too much brake. Student was told to ease off the brakes a little but released them fully while letting off the throttle. Glider dived towards the ground and student impacted hard from 2m.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

22 Sep 2012 Male 44 Pilot Private airfield
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h

Powered PG
Axis
Pluto 2 Power
Fly Products
Kompress

Pilot was running up engine when another glider got sucked into prop.

Unhurt
2 Aug 2012 Male 0 Nr Glasgow
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Cima K2

Engine:

Flat Top
Moster

While flying his paramotor the bar holding the risers on one side fractured at the weld and came away. It was held by a safety strap but the strap was so long the glider entered a turn and then collapsed. The pilot landed on top of the motor but was unhurt.

Unhurt
10 Jun 2012 Male 50 Pilot Kempsey
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Nucleon

Engine:

Top 80

Pilot launched glider unaware of an asymmetric collapse. Glider veered towards another glider still on the ground and the engine cages collided. Pilot landed with damage to both power units.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 September 2018 at 05:45:07 AM

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