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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
18 Mar 2019 Male 46 Pilot Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Artik 4

Pilot attempted to land in increasing wind and light rain but lost control. Glider suffered a frontal collapse but the span as pilot over-corrected. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
14 Mar 2019 Male 46 CP Montellano
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Xi

Pilot was flying friends wing and suffered an asymmetric collapse while thermalling. Due to lack of ground clearance pilot successfully deployed his emergency parachute and landed safely.

Unhurt
4 Mar 2019 Male 69 CP Bornos lake
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Gin
Pegasus

Engine:

Miniplane
Top80

Student lost control while practising 'launch abort' with motor running. Student attempted to collapse wing but in doing so applied full power to the motor. Student was pushed over by the thrust and was cut on sharp stone.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Mar 2019 Male 26 CP Tap o Noth
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Sprint 3

Pilot inflated wing in breezy conditions but had a knot in the lines. Pilot was dragged over into a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

1 Mar 2019 Male 30 CP Fochriw
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot was ground handling then went to forward launch as wind was dropping off. Speed bar line caught in reserve handle upon launch run which pulled out and inflated the parachute.

Unhurt
27 Feb 2019 Male 65 AP Parlick
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

Pilot attempted to slope land on lower slopes in strong wind conditions. Pilot was caught out by sinking air due to leeside from ground undulations and landed heavily downwind.

Unhurt
24 Feb 2019 Male 44 CP Darley Moor
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Avian
Fly

Engine:

WASP
SP MK IV

Pilot took off on powered hang glider but entered a slight turn when reaching across to mouth throttle to disengage the safety cut off. Glider remained in a gentle turn despite the efforts of the pilot who suspected the glider may have stalled. Pilot increased speed and decided to land immediately. Pilot was able to land with only minor damage to the glider.

Unhurt
23 Feb 2019 Male 51 CP Mere ( Rifle Range )
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot turned into the hill while attempting to top land. Pilot assumed he would encounter lift as he had on the previous beat.

Minor Injuries
22 Feb 2019 Male 22 CP Macher
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Aeros
Target

Pilot stalled the glider while ridge soaring, lost control of the glider and impacted the side of the hill. Pilot sustained minor bruising and scratches on left arm, glider was unharmed.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

22 Feb 2019 Male 54 CP Windy Knoll
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on final approach. Glider rotated and was blown back over larked cars. Pilot landed on cars but was uninjured.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 25 March 2019 at 05:45:14 AM

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