Paraglider

British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
30.06.2021 Male

Rating:
Pilot
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in light conditions and encountered an area of lift, in which they applied the controls. The wing was seen to drop back then pitched forward asymmetrically, before experiencing a full frontal collapse. The pilot was too low to recover to normal flight and impacted the ground.

Seriously Injured
28.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
AP
Dodd Fell
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot failed to clip in to the glider. This was spotted by a pilot bystander and corrected before take off.

Unhurt
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP
Holme Moss
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 6 light

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider in thermic conditions, leading to a spin and collision with the hillside.

Minor Injuries
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Other

Wing:
Flylight
Foxtug

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
The Foxtug was aerotowing a Wills Wing Falcon F3 (tandem). After initial engine warm-up, a take-off was made on full power. The Foxtug's Rotax 582 engine suffered a power loss at around 200ft AGL which recovered and then dropped again. The tandem pilot released when signalled, and landed without further incident.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
Pilot
High and Over
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
777
Rook 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in a light and switching wind and clipped the fence with their foot, causing them to rotate under the paraglider to the extent where the risers twisted. The pilot was able to regain control and slope land.

Unhurt
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
Pilot
Back of Ecton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sol
Sycross One

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring their paraglider in thermic conditions and experienced a departure from normal flight involving a collapse, before impacting the ground and sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured
19.06.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Moel Berfedd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot


Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
17.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Altes Lager Airfield
Germany

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Dena

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The pilot was aware of fraying speedbar wire in flight. After landing, an inspection revealed that several metal wire strands had broken where the wire stirrup and speedbar line attachment meets the aluminium bar.

Unhurt
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A-I-R
VR

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Immediately prior to the aerotow commencing the conditions were nil wind. When "all out" was called, the left wing rose first and continued to rise out of the trolley, caught by a sudden crosswind. The right wingtip came into contact with long grass, turning the glider and trolley. The weak link broke, but the glider had left the runway and stopped nose down in crops.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15.06.2021 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Eyam Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus RS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring in thermic conditions and experienced a large asymmetric collapse close to the hill. The pilot was seen to be making control inputs in an attempt to recover to normal flight, but was unable to recover before impacting the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 30 September 2021

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