Paraglider

British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
19.04.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
Blease Fell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
777
K-Light

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider in turbulent conditions when close to the top of the hill soon after launch. The wing experienced an asymmetric collapse and spiralled into the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

18.04.2021 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
Pilot
Llantysilio
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot miss-judged a turn into wind after approaching the hill flying downwind. They collided with the hill in the turn, causing injury.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

17.04.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
Pilot
Talybont
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot dropped out of a thermal on the lee side of the ridge and experienced a large asymmetric tuck that led to a spiral dive and impact with the lee side slope.

Minor Injuries
16.04.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Farmer's Field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Niviuk
Qubik

Engine:
P.AP.
Tinox Atom 80

Launch Type:
Powered
The pilot made a fast landing not directly into wind and without a complete landing flare. The pilot fell and put their right arm out as they fell, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

16.04.2021 Male

Age:
35

Rating:
CP
Bo Peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 9

Launch Type:
Foot
The incident pilot was attempting to ground handle in gusty conditions. The pilot lost control of their paraglider and was dragged and lifted in a gust, leading to a heavy landing and injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14.04.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Long Cliff
United Kingdom

Conditions:
Strong
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring in wind of increasing strength and was unable to penetrate into wind without the speed system applied to its maximum. The pilot lost control of their wing following touchdown on the top of the hill and was dragged before regaining control.

Unhurt
14.04.2021 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
Advanced Pilot
Parlick West
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Swift 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot top landed in a fresh wind and was dragged. They were unable to control the paraglider after touchdown as a plastic buckle on their glove had caught and become entangled with the speed system line.

Unhurt
11.04.2021 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Club Pilot
Harting Down
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was assisted on launch by another pilot holding the nose wires. This assistant found that the nose wires became disconnected and came away in their hands. The launch was aborted. Upon inspection it was found that if the nose wires were held with one hand near the nose plate, the nose wire disconnection could be replicated.

Unhurt
11.04.2021 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP
Leckhampton Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Xi

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in turbulent conditions and lost control of the wing in sinking air whilst attempting to top land.

Unhurt
11.04.2021 Male

Age:
34

Rating:
CP
Firle
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Pi3

Launch Type:
Foot
Mid air collision between model aircraft and paraglider. The paraglider pilot was uninjured and performed a safe top landing.

Unhurt
Go to: Incident Reports (formal investigations)
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Last updated: 26 July 2021

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