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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
19.05.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
CP
Cefn Eglwysilan
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 9

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider collapsed in a gust during a top landing and the pilot impacted heavily, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

13.05.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
Mappleton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying on a coastal site close to high tide. They performed a beach landing on a limited landing area. The pilot mis-judged the approach, landing in ankle deep seawater. The wing overflew the pilot and landed in the sea. Helpers reported that disconnection of the harness from the wing was hindered by plastic inserts in the speed system Brummell hooks, making recovery of the equipment from the sea more difficult.

Unhurt
07.05.2021 Male

Age:
76

Rating:
Pilot
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mantra 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot approached to top land at the downwind end of the top landing area, close to a known area of rotor. The paraglider was seen to collapse and descend vertically and the pilot impacted the ground.

Minor Injuries
07.05.2021 Female

Age:
59

Rating:
AP
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 9

Launch Type:
Foot
During a flight made under the support of a Coach, the paraglider's bottom surface was seen to be deformed and the wing was in a continual right turn which the pilot was trying to counter with opposite weightshift. The pilot initiated a right turn towards an emergency landing field and the paraglider was seen to dive. The pilot managed to control the dive and land safely. The Coach believed a knot in the high level (unsheathed) B or C lines went undetected during the pre-flight check.

Unhurt
07.05.2021 Female

Age:
29

Rating:
CP
Milk Hill Bowl
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was attempting to top land their paraglider in conditions where the the wind was increasing in strength, and was blown back into a field behind the launch area. On touchdown the pilot was dragged over a fence.

Minor Injuries:
Pelvis

02.05.2021 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Hook 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider whilst ground handling in thermic conditions. The pilot was dragged over the ground and their emergency parachute was released, but did not inflate.

Unhurt
02.05.2021 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Pilot
Worcestershire Beacon
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Lynx

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot experienced a collapse in turbulent air and was unable to regain full control before impacting the slope.

Unhurt
23.04.2021 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
Pilot
Kettle Sings
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot activated the accelerator by pressing the speed bar which failed when the attachment knot to the bar came undone. The pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
23.04.2021 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
Pilot
Wrekin
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Rise 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot set their paraglider up in the lip area of the southeast launch. The pilot started to inflate the wing in the strong conditions. The wing surged and the pilot was lifted and dropped back on the ground whilst attempting to regain control.

Unhurt
19.04.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
Blease Fell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
777
K-Light

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider in turbulent conditions when close to the top of the hill soon after launch. The wing experienced an asymmetric collapse and spiralled into the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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Last updated: 14 June 2021

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