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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
11.07.2002 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
Pilot
Brown Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Powered HG

Wing:
Airwave
Klassie

Engine:

Launch Type:
Powered
During an attempted powered HG launch the aircraft drifted off course toward some trees. The pilot was unable to corrrect the situation and collided with a large bush.

10.07.2002 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Merthyr
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Solar Wings
Rumour 1

Launch Type:
Inexperienced pilot was inadvertently turned by turbulent air whilst ridge soaring. With insufficient airspeed the pilot was unable to correct the turn which resulted in a collision with the hill.

Soft tissue- Facial, Bruised hand & Ribs, Concussion, Unconscious for approx 5 min, Air helicopter to Myrtha hospital
07.07.2002 Tailbridge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30

Conditions:
Gusts
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Non member attempted 360 degree turn following launch - insufficient height resulted in him impacting the hill.

07.07.2002 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
Advanced Pilot
Rowter Farm
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Powered HG

Wing:
La Mouette Topless

Engine:
Mosquito

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot attempted to launch his powered hang glider upslope but was unable to achieve sufficient airspeed. The left wing dropped and the control frame impacted the ground breaking the left upright, the impact caused the prop to catch the sail.

06.07.2002 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
Club Pilot
Atherfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Samba 29

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Helicopter had to change course to avoid pgs flying coastal site.

03.07.2002

Wing:

Launch Type:
Unauthorised balloon landings on regular basis taking place at Shadoxhurst (monksfield).

24.06.2002 Hunstanton
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Firebird
A Yellow One

Launch Type:
Pilot seen to attampt launch at foot of low cliffs. Canopy inflated dragging pilot over cliff tops into parked cars. Pilot then verbally abused car owner and hit the car with his helmet.

24.06.2002 Female

Age:
38

Rating:
Club Pilot
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
La Mouette Topless

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Pilot attempting to top land in strong conditions struggled to turn the glider into wind whilst on the downwind leg. She tried apply more force by putting her feet onto the bottom bar, before returning to prone. She impacted the ground i the final turn.

23.06.2002 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Club Pilot
Woolacombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Xtralite

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
No details.

Concussion, bruises, cut lip & tongue and chipped tooth
23.06.2002 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Club Pilot
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Variable
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Ventura

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
During tow launch the pilot heard a thud followed by the glider pitching nose down. The pilot couldnt find his reserve parachute handle and impacted the ground heavily. He then discovered that his parachute had accidentally deployed during the launch.

Bruised left leg and back; to casualty at Cottage hospital- Buxton
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Last updated: 28 October 2021

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