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
06.09.2019 Male

Age:
34

Rating:
AP
Montmin
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
Supair
Wild

Launch Type:
Foot
During exit from autorotation exercise, the glider dived and the pilot inadvertently released one brake as it was pulled out of his hand. The bowline above the brake handle and stopper knot on the brake line tag end were pulled through the ceramic ring. In straight and level flight, the pilot attempted to pull the handle down and was unable to as the bowline had jammed in the ceramic ring. Using both hands, he was able to free the handle again.

Unhurt
05.09.2019 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2

Launch Type:
Foot
While test flying a glider the pilot found himself in a right hand turn. The pilot could not counter the turn and circled into the hillside. Pilot suspects he may have been flying too slow due to unfamiliarity with the glider.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

01.09.2019 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
Pilot
Dunstable
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mantra 7

Launch Type:
Foot
On launching, pilot noticed that riser became caught on protrusion on karabiner designed to hold harness straps in place. Glider had thin risers making this more likely to occur.

Unhurt
01.09.2019 Male

Rating:
Pilot
Caoley Peak
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse shortly after taking off. Pilot rotated into the hill from approx 20m. Westerly site with possibly more north than expected.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

27.08.2019 Female

Age:
46

Rating:
Pilot
Panetonne
Italy

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Blacklight 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot became disoriented in thickening cloud and applied incorrect input causing glider to spin close to the terrain. Pilot deployed emergency parachute but was too low and impacted side of ravine.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

27.08.2019 Female

Age:
49

Rating:
None
Swyre Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Adam

Launch Type:
Student noticed strained leg muscle towards the end of the day. No particular incident of note.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

26.08.2019 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
AP
Col d'Ares
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo 3

Launch Type:
Foot
During comp, pilot left turn point low leaving no safe landing options. Pilot went for small field with intention of using drag chute to help. Pilot accidentally pulled emergency chute rather than drag chute forcing him to deal with this to avoid power lines, while attempting the landing. Drag deployed successfully but when at 1m above, the main chute deployed causing sudden stop. Glider sustained a bent upright.

Unhurt
26.08.2019 Female

Age:
33
Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not run fast enough on launch and did not damp the gliders acceleration causing an asymmetric collapse on launch. Pilot contacted the ground again, glider remained inflated and she took off unharmed and flew to the bottom.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
26.08.2019 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
Pilot
Newhaven
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Dual

Launch Type:
Foot
Passenger tripped on take off lost footing and pilot and passenger slid down the front of take off into a bush.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Minor Injuries
25.08.2019 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
CP
Alkus
Austria

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Alpha
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off but once clear of the trees was immediately hit by the valley wind blowing at 90 degrees to take-off. Pilot was blown sideways and attempted to turn with the wind to avoid the trees. Unfortunately a wing tip caught on a pine tree resulting in the pilot swinging into the tree.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 25 July 2021

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