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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
31.05.2019 Male

Age:
41
Swyre Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student reverse launched then turned to face forwards but was unbalanced by a gust. Student applied some brake and was dragged backwards for 10m before regaining control of the glider.

Seriously Injured
26.05.2019 Male

Age:
54
Swyre Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Adam

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was attempting speedbar exercise. Having trouble locating the bar with his foot, the student reached down but with the brake still in his hand. This turned the student back into the slope impacting foot first.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

25.05.2019 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Pilot
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A.I.R
Atos C

Launch Type:
Foot
Nose section came adrift from glider while thermalling causing the glider to handle erratically.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
21.05.2019 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Pilot
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had wing above head prior to launch. Wind gust forced pilot off-balance causing him to impact a fence.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

20.05.2019 Female

Age:
58
Grahla Bay
Portugal

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Infinity 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student inflated glider in the smooth sea breeze in a straight and balanced reverse position. She was instructed to turn and go, but she stumbled and tripped over sideways. Putting her hand down to brake her fall, the glider turned towards the hillside pulling her over a bush and coming to rest on her back on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

19.05.2019 Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Pilot observed rust on inside of Austrialpin carabiner. Harness never been wet other than through general use; never stowed wet for example. Possible hairline crack as well? Pilot contacted manufacturer. These carabiners are used on the Tenax hang glider harnesses; in fact this specific one was the replacement one following the previous recall.

16.05.2019 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP
Whitewool
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged the strength of the venturi on the ridge. Pull up and control was OK but immediately lifted off and started to get blown back. Pilot landed safely initially but lost control of the wing in another strong gust and got blown back into hedges.

Minor Injuries
15.05.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP
Cairn o'mount
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Geronimo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot initiated 360 degree turns to lose height on landing. On second turn the glider suffered an asymmetric collapse at approx 30m above the ground. The pilot did not react quickly enough and the glider collapsed fully. The wing partially recovered but the pilot landed heavily from approx 10m.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

15.05.2019 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P
Whernside
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by a sudden very strong gust whilst set up to launch, but had parked brakes to sort out twist in lines at carabiners. Pilot was dragged at speed into and over drystone wall, helmet taking full impact.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

13.05.2019 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Mam Tor Derbyshire
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot performed a low 360 into rotor behind hilltop, heavy landing, right hand hitting ground with force.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 28 October 2021

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