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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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

Incident reports for all wing types are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
05.01.2022 Male

Age:
27

Rating:
Pilot
Cornborough
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Combat

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not find expected lift after take-off and continued down bowl. Pilot got in to 'pilot induced oscillations' over cliffs resulting in a pirouette onto clifftop footpath. Glider came to rest against barbwire fence.

Unhurt
24.12.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon9

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off at coastal site but lost height and landed at the base of the cliffs. Pilot was cut off by incoming tide and was rescued by the coast guard.

Unhurt
25.11.2021

Rating:
AP

United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeolite GT

Launch Type:
Foot
Glider had recently returned from a line trim at a service centre. While ground handling pilot noticed outer A lines had been replaced incorrectly.

Unhurt
23.11.2021 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
Pilot
Morfa Nefyn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Tequila 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had airprox with single prop plane while ridge soaring. Pilot has filed an airprox.

Unhurt
14.11.2021 Female

Age:
52

Rating:
CP
Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made approach with insufficient height and was unable to turn into wind before landing. Pilot landed heavily in a ditch.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

13.11.2021 Male

Age:
27

Rating:
Pilot
Hay Bluff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Niviuk
Zion

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted a tight 360 to try and release a knot in brake line. Pilot underestimated wind speed and distance from hill resulting in a heavy impact with slope.

Minor Injuries
03.11.2021 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
CP
Monksdown
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was soaring close to trees and began to get blown back. Pilot decided to turn downwind but was caught in the turbulence behind the trees. Pilot lost control in turbulence and crashed but was uninjured.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

23.10.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Pilot
Compton - Reds
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeno

Launch Type:
Foot
On attempting to land pilot was going backwards on half bar. Pilot applied full bar too aggressively and resulting 'swoop' brushed bar against ground knocking foot off the bar. Pilot went up and back but was able to land safely on road having regained control.

Unhurt
21.10.2021 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP
Westbury white horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off with insufficient airspeed resulting in 180 degree turn back onto hill top. Landed on one wheel bending an upright.

Unhurt
18.10.2021 Male

Age:
66

Rating:
CP
St Adre les Alpes
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
777
Pawn

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height on final turn into wind turning too high. Pilot flared high on reaching the end of the landing field and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 18 January 2022

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