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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
30 May 2009 Male 47 Club Pilot Almenara
Spain
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Eagle Flight
Genie

Engine:

AV8ER
Observer Lite

Whilst on a powered cross country flight the brummels connecting the speed system on the left side vibrated loose. The pilot was able to prevent the line from contacting the prop and landed safely.

None
24 May 2009 Male 51 Pilot Lambourne
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Fusion 26

Engine:

Parajet
Macro

Pilot crashed on launch causing broken leg. Crash also caused prop to puncture fuel tank resulting in explosion and fire. Swift action of CFI with extinguishers prevented more serious injuries.

Fr tib and fib, burns to arms
5 Apr 2009 Male 43 Club Pilot Grove, Wantage
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Reaction 29

Engine:

Airfer
Titan

Pilot dislocated knee during initial takeoff run on paramotor launch. Previous unrelated dislocations believed to have weakened knee.

Dislocated knee
8 Mar 2009 Male 39 Pilot Cheng Su
China
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania

Engine:

prototype

Shortly after take off the pilot noticed tip steering line had become loose and was lying on the cage netting. The prussik loop holding the tip steering line had become loose.

none
21 Feb 2009 Male 33 Pilot Oldbury on the Hill
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Revolution 28

Engine:

PAP
ROS IQS 1400R

Pilot suffered engine cut out at 200ft. Found no fault and took off again only for engine cut out at 20ft. Pilot landed on knees but ok. This time found that fuel primer bulb was contracting after 30 seconds causing engine to cut out.

none
30 Jan 2009 Male 57 Pilot Las Candelas
Spain
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 2

Engine:

Bailey
Top 80

On attempting to warm up engine, pilot applied too much throttle (due to unfamiliar mechanism on hired motor) causing engine to rotate about pilots knee. Prop struck hand.

Severed index and middle fingers.
1 Aug 2008 Male 50 FLPA Roshe, Cornwall
United Kingdom
12-19 km/h
Variable

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
Revolution

Engine:

Parajet
Macro

At 400ft pilot parked brakes to adjust trimmers. He then hit turbulence causing the motor to move forward allowing the prop to touch the right brake. This wound on and the prop shattered damaging the cage. The brake then released allowing a safe landing.

none
1 Jun 2008 Male 50 FLPA Northrepps
United Kingdom
0-11 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Independence
Speed

Engine:

Parajet
Macro

During flight pilot noticed maillon connecting spreader to tandem bar was open and deformed. Though protected by webbing fail safe, pilot and passenger decided to land immediately and did so without incident.

none
18 May 2008 Male 49 Unknown field
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Variable

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:

Engine:

Parajet
Volution

Pilot parked brakes on magnets while getting into seat. During this time one of the brakes became dislodged and was sucked into the prop. Pilot was able to land without incident.

none
12 May 2008 Male Pilot United Kingdom 8-16 km/h
Variable

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Reaction

Engine:

Bailey
175 4s

Pilot suffered engine failure and was forced to land in field adjacent to horses.

None
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 June 2018 at 05:45:06 AM

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