Paraglider

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
26.11.2020 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Hay Bluff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage RS Plus

Launch Type:
Foot
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

22.11.2020 Male

Age:
32

Rating:
Pilot
Pen Dinas
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Redout

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot initiated an aerial manoeuvre and their helmet came away from their head and dropped to the ground. The helmet ("Grimnir" made by Sweet Protection) was inspected and found to have an incorrectly assembled magnetic fastener that could be released by shaking it.

Unhurt
20.11.2020 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP
Creteway
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Dudek
Optic 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider pilot made a misjudged turn towards the hill and made a large control input on the opposite side in order to correct it. The paraglider entered a spin at low level and the pilot crashed into a bush.

Unhurt
09.11.2020 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
Pilot
Parlick
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was practising ground handling. He was unintentionally lifted off the ground and was dragged over the ground after he landed, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

05.11.2020 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP
Challow Hill Farm
United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Orca 2

Engine:
Bulldog
Spirit 185

Launch Type:
Powered
During a hang test the button on the harness buckle was depressed against its spring. The metal spring retaining plug popped out of its housing, rendering the buckle unserviceable.

Unhurt
16.10.2020 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP
Parlick
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
SKP
Slide

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was ground handling to test the conditions on the top of the hill. He was lifted into the air by a strong gust. He managed to perform a PLF to lessen the force of the impact.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

11.10.2020 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
AP
Longridge Fell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed RX

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered turbulence when top landing behind the crest of the hill and lost control of the hang glider at low level. The corner of the base bar hit the ground and stopped dead whilst the pilot swung forward with momentum, injuring the pilot's wrist on the upright.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21.09.2020 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Farmer's field TO
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
Revo 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying a cross country route. He noticed smoke from the paramotor and performed an emergency landing. Upon inspection it was revealed that the LIPO battery was on fire and had caused damage to the harness and clothing.

Unhurt
20.09.2020 Male

Age:
34

Rating:
CP
Belstone
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus RS Lite

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot performed a 360 degree turn close to the ridge and impacted the hillside, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries
19.09.2020 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
Pilot
Cairn Laith (Creag Meagaidh)
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Skin 3P

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was dragged over rocks after a failed takeoff attempt, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries
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Last updated: 8 March 2021

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