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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

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

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

The BHPA incident reports database is fully searchable. To refine your search you can specify a particular wing type and select "or" or "and". For example, if you want to search for paraglider incidents at Hay Bluff, for best search results select paraglider from the drop down list and the "and" option.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 3169 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
24.05.2024 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
37 years
200 hours

Red Cliffs,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Pulse 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot turned to fly parallel to the cliff immediately after take-off without achieving sufficient airspeed and the pilot touched down cross wind, sustaining minor injuries.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

23.05.2024 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
26 years
1000 hours
(40 hours)

Vero,
France

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bonanza 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot identified a landing field following a cross country flight and noticed on final approach the field was in the lee of a small cutting. As they approached, a thermal came through and the pilot inadvertently stalled the wing, sustaining injury.

Pilot:
Seriously Injured
Lumbar Spine

Passenger:
Lumbar Spine

20.05.2024 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
2 hours
(2 hours)

Blaenavon,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z7

Launch Type:
Foot
Preparing for a second flight after top landing, the pilot became aware that their emergency parachute had fallen out of their Gin Gingo 4 paragliding harness, despite having checked the emergency parachute handle was correctly installed as part of their pre-flight check. The pilot terminated the launch.

Unhurt
19.05.2024 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
20 years
100 hours
(4 hours)

Farway,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Mescal 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Immediately after take-off the pilot became aware that their right control line was caught at the pulley, preventing control input on that side. They top landed and landed hard on their right leg sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

18.05.2024 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
900 hours
(20 hours)

Weybourne Coastal,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot collided with the ground, impacting the cliff top with the bottom of their harness whilst on a downwind beat. The paraglider dived and the pilot collided with the cliff face before coming to rest on the beach.

Minor Injuries
15.05.2024

N/A,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 7 Light
During a routine service, the service centre noted a metal connector (unbranded "Maillon" type) between riser and lines had two or three turns of thread visible below the closing nut (when closed). Upon further examination it was evident that the nut could be wound fully up the top thread with little resistance, fully exposing the bottom thread and therefore opening the connector.

Unhurt
11.05.2024 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
120 hours

Blorenge,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Geronimo 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was attempting a slope landing and collided with a wall after they experienced sinking air.

Unhurt
11.05.2024 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
-1 years
10 hours
(2 hours)

Kettle Sings,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Vivo

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider following an asymmetric collapse and impacted the ground, sustaining injury.

Pilot:
Seriously Injured
Lumbar Spine

Passenger:
Lumbar Spine

10.05.2024 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
1 hours
(1 hours)

Bo Peep,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot misjudged the wind direction when slope landing on the slope in front of take-off. They lost height rapidly and impacted the slope causing injury. The pilot cited target fixation as a factor and noted they should have turned away from the hill to bottom land.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

07.05.2024 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
8 hours
(4 hours)

Cringle Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent,
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot inadvertently flew into cloud above the ridge, and lost sight of the ground. They used big ears and speed bar to rapidly descend, attempting to maintain a straight course. When they dropped out of the bottom of the cloud they realised they had turned through 180 degrees and were now heading downwind. They landed downwind and sustained injury.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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