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
18.03.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VR

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot rigged and checked their glider, and left the spoiler wires disconnected whilst the glider was tail-into-wind. These were then connected and spoiler activation was noted as the pilot manoeuvred the glider to the take-off. On launch, the glider rolled right despite full opposite control and impacted the slope sustaining damage. On inspection, the pilot noticed that slack in the unconnected spoiler wires had become tangled causing the spoilers not to function correctly (when connected). This went undetected because the zips were closed and nose cone was fitted.

Unhurt
09.03.2021 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Pilot
Filey
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was inspecting his wing and found the accelerator system Brummell hooks (harness end, both left and right sides) were severely corroded and had fallen apart inside their after-market Brummell hook covers.

Unhurt
04.03.2021 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
CP
Caburn
United Kingdom

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

Wing:
Ozone
Geo 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was moving their glider after landing and tripped and fell, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

25.02.2021 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP
Coaley Peak
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Summit XC4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot unintentionally induced a spin when thermalling. This led to a cascade of departures from normal flight from which the pilot was unable to recover and he made a successful deployment of his emergency parachute.

Unhurt
02.01.2021 Male

Age:
24

Rating:
Pilot
Winter Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was aware of deteriorating conditions and opted to top land. They lost control of the paraglider after top landing and were dragged, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

01.01.2021 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Banbury
United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Freeride

Launch Type:
The PPG pilot operated the throttle mounted engine kill switch on landing, which failed to stop the engine. Upon inspection, the pilot located a broken wire in the throttle cable, at the location where it is tied to the frame.

Unhurt
31.12.2020 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Firle, East Sussex
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot misjudged the height of trees on a wooded hillside and skimmed a tree top, catching the emergency parachute handle on a tree branch. The emergency parachute deployed into the tree, turning the paraglider towards the tree. The pilot fell to the ground, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured
29.12.2020 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
AP
Whitby
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Tequila 4

Launch Type:
The paraglider pilot activated his accelerator system in flight by pushing the speedbar in the normal manner. The harness end Brummel hooks both snapped in half at the attachment point for the speedbar line. The pilot was able to land without further incident.

Unhurt
29.12.2020 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
Pilot
Bell Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Strong Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was airborne in deteriorating conditions and lost control of the paraglider after touching down at the top of the hill, colliding with a fence. The paraglider re-inflated, lifting the pilot off the ground, and resulting in a hard landing.

Seriously Injured
08.12.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Portland West
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of the paraglider on launch in gusty conditions and was injured whilst trying to regain control of the wing.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 14 May 2021

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