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:

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
18.09.2020 Male

Age:
31

Rating:
CP
Not applicable
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
During an emergency parachute repack, a test deployment was attempted unsuccessfully. One of the parachute container pins (plastic sheathed wire) was found to have been pulled through the metal grommet by the retaining loop, making deployment impossible.

Unhurt
17.09.2020 Female

Rating:
Club Pilot
Treak Cliff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Symphonia

Launch Type:
Foot
On the fourth flight of the day the pilot took off and the toe elastic for entering pod snapped, so pilot could not enter pod correctly.

Unhurt
17.09.2020 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP
Treak Cliff, Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was ridge soaring when he was blown back into lee rotor, and lost control, leading to an impact with the ground.

Unhurt
13.09.2020 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
Pilot
Ringstead bay
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Littlecloud
Urubu

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered rotor near the cliff, causing a collapse. The pilot impacted into bushes at the base of the cliff.

Unhurt
13.09.2020 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
Club Pilot
Mount Caburn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was performing turns ("small wingovers") at low level and caught the emergency parachute deployment handle on the ground, initiating an unintentional deployment as the pilot flew away from the hill.

Unhurt
08.09.2020 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
Pilot
Whitesheet (Wessex)
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was ridge soaring his paraglider and experienced rapid sinking air in thermic conditions causing a fast descent to the ground and a crash landing in a field behind take-off.

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

31.08.2020 Male

Age:
26

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows Airstrip
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Flight Design
Exxtacy

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
The pilot was attempting a nil-wind landing and had insufficient flap applied. Upon touchdown, his foot slipped and twisted, causing injury. The pilot considered his footwear not to have been appropriate and therefore a factor in the incident.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

31.08.2020 Male

Age:
73

Rating:
CP
Snaefel
Isle Of Man

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Nyos RS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost his footing on uneven ground in windy conditions. He sustained injury when he was dragged, before regaining control of the paraglider.

Minor Injuries
17.08.2020 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
Pilot rated
Eype
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus RS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was attempting to top land and experienced a large asymmetric collapse during a rapid change in wind direction. The pilot was unable to regain full control and crashed near the front of the cliff.

Unhurt
12.08.2020 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP
Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Trango X-Race

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot took avoiding action to prevent an aerial collision with another paraglider.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 25 February 2021

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