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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Bo Peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Design
Atos v

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered heavy sink while attempting to make an upslope landing. Pilot tried to turn away from the hill to bottom land but sinking air meant he landed in trees.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Combe gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while thermalling close to the ridge on a crowded day. Both pilots were unhurt.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
57
Challow
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Universal

Engine:
Parajet
Maverick

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot was practising walking with the motor running on his back without a wing but slipped and fell over. Pilot released throttle but didn't hit the kill switch quickly enough. Throttle cable struck prop and wrapped round the exhaust. Kill switch did not function, with engine stuck on half throttle. Eventually exhaust melted throttle cable and engine stopped. No Injuries.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Selsley Common
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Arak

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot experienced a collapse in thermic air above takeoff. The pilot applied the controls in an attempt to damp the dive and control his pendulum under the wing. The wing was seen to descend vertically in a stalled state and the pilot impacted the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

15.05.2020 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Punk

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was using his paraglider to kite back up the hill, downwind of a line of trees, in thermic conditions. He was inadvertently lifted off the ground in a gust and before he could gain control was turned into the hill where he suffered injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17.03.2020 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
CP
Dunes
Morocco

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot intentionally stalled wing over sand from 2m to find stall point. On impact the emergency parachute deployed. Pilot noted that this had happened before from the Advance Progress 3 harness.

Unhurt
16.03.2020 Male

Age:
31

Rating:
CP
Great Orme
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was inadvertently lifted off his feet when reverse launching. He was dragged and struck the slope several times before the glider came to rest.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

13.03.2020 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Dunstable
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Wave
Calypso

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot flew into hillside having apparently misjudged the amount of available lift.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

13.03.2020 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
Pilot
Marros
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was on final approach in deteriorating conditions and an approaching rain shower. He was lifted in turbulent air and carried downwind towards a power line. He stalled the paraglider at 3m agl in an attempt to touch down before reaching the power line, and landed unhurt.

Unhurt
06.03.2020 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Frocester/nympsfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bonanza 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach to top landing and decided to collide with a small tree rather than making an extreme turn.

Pilot
Minor Injuries

Passenger
:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 30 September 2021

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