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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

Incident reports for all wing types are displayed below in summary form.

The BHPA incident reports database is fully searchable. To refine your search you can specify a particular wing type and select "or" or "and". For example, if you want to search for paraglider incidents at Hay Bluff, for best search results select paraglider from the drop down list and the "and" option.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 3111 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
11.05.2002 Male

Age:
35

Rating:
CP



West Firle,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Swing
Mistral 2

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot performing 360 degree turns whilst low. During one turn the glider encountered sinking air with the result that he was unable to complete the turn, the pilot impacted the hill.

Cracked/fractured l1 vertibrae
11.05.2002 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
AP



Bradwell Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
32-40 km/h

Conditions:
Gusts
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Icaro
2000
Pilot approaching top landing field misjudged windstrength and made his final turn too low leaving insufficient height to clear a wall at the downwind end of the field. The pilot landed cross wind behind the wall.

05.05.2002 Male

Age:
46



Monks Down,
UK

Wind Strength:
32-40 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Xbow

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Hang glider pilot nosed in whilst top landing in a small field. Was seen to approach with insufficient airspeed.

Knee grase
05.05.2002 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
P



Monks Down,
UK

Wind Strength:
32-40 km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Magic Iv

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Pilot misjudged wind strength on landing approach which resulted in his landing approach being too far back behind landing field. He narrowly avoided a collision with a barbed wire fence.

05.05.2002

Monks Down,
UK

Wind Strength:
32-40 km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Solar Wings
Scandal

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
No details available

05.05.2002 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
P



Corndon,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
La Mouette- Topless 1
Following a xc flight the pilot misjudged the wind direction which resulted in a downwind landing. The glider landed on its wheels then ground looped.

04.05.2002 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP



Kennel Farm,
UK
Paraglider

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
Whilst Operator was setting guillotines on Koch winch splicing on braided nylon rope failed as he pushed down on bar causing him to fall forward and hit his face on drum.

Cut to chin bruizing to cheek bone
04.05.2002 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
P



Hillend Edinburgh,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Edel
Promise

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Whilst collapsing the canopy following landing a gust caused the canopy to inflate pulling the pilot up and backwards. The pilots helmet hit a fence and snagged as the rest of his body was pulled over the fence.

Concussion & strained muscle in neck
04.05.2002 Male

Age:
67

Rating:
CP



Kennel Farm,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Variable
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Electron

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
Following a tow launch the pilot flew downwind back to launch. He failed to turn into wind to landed - downwind landing.

03.05.2002 Female

Age:
39

Rating:
CP



UK Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Fiesta S
Brummel hooks were wider than 1mm suggested gap - discovered upon inspection.

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Last updated: 7 December 2023

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