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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

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.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
2 Jan 2021 Male 24 Pilot Winter Hill
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

The pilot was aware of deteriorating conditions and opted to top land. They lost control of the paraglider after top landing and were dragged, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

1 Jan 2021 Male 38 Pilot Banbury
United Kingdom


Powered PG
Ozone
Freeride
Parajet
Maverick

The PPG pilot operated the throttle mounted engine kill switch on landing, which failed to stop the engine. Upon inspection, the pilot located a broken wire in the throttle cable, at the location where it is tied to the frame.

Unhurt
31 Dec 2020 Male 61 Pilot Firle, East Sussex
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Base

The pilot misjudged the height of trees on a wooded hillside and skimmed a tree top, catching the emergency parachute handle on a tree branch. The emergency parachute deployed into the tree, turning the paraglider towards the tree. The pilot fell to the ground, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured
29 Dec 2020 Male 29 AP Whitby
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Skywalk
Tequila 4

The paraglider pilot activated his accelerator system in flight by pushing the speedbar in the normal manner. The harness end Brummel hooks both snapped in half at the attachment point for the speedbar line. The pilot was able to land without further incident.

Unhurt
8 Dec 2020 Male 51 Pilot Portland West
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 2

The pilot lost control of the paraglider on launch in gusty conditions and was injured whilst trying to regain control of the wing.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

1 Dec 2020 Male 55 CP Afton
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion 4

The low airtime Club Pilot was attempting to land. He lost control of the paraglider upon touchdown in the moderate breeze and was pulled off his feet, colliding with a fence.

Seriously Injured
28 Nov 2020 Male 0 None Bulgham
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Team 5
Red

The paraglider entered a stall following release of big ears, and the pilot impacted the ground. The paraglider make and model is the subject of a DHV safety notice.

Seriously Injured
28 Nov 2020 Male 50 AP Pentland Hills
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Phi
Viola

The pilot, having misjudged his glide on landing approach, flew towards a gap in a line of trees. He caught a line on a tree, which turned his paraglider into the tree. Lack of visibility caused by flying into the low sun was a contributory factor.

Unhurt
27 Nov 2020 Male 40 Pilot Whitewool
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Takoo 4

The pilot was using Gin spreaders on their tandem paraglider. The spreaders are designed with extra large loops to take Quickout carabiners. During the flight one Quickout moved its position within the webbing loop, causing an involuntary weightshift effect. The pilot landed without further incident.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
26 Nov 2020 Male 36 Pilot Hay Bluff
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Swing
Mirage RS Plus

The pilot was performing a proximity barrel roll and lost more height in the manoeuvre than expected. They impacted the ground at speed, causing injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 January 2021 at 05:45:09 AM

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