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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 3175 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
13.11.2021 Male

Age:
27

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
(80 hours)

Hay Bluff,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Niviuk
Zion

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted a tight 360 to try and release a knot in brake line. Pilot underestimated wind speed and distance from hill resulting in a heavy impact with slope.

Minor Injuries
03.11.2021 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
25 hours
(25 hours)

Monksdown,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was soaring close to trees and began to get blown back. Pilot decided to turn downwind but was caught in the turbulence behind the trees. Pilot lost control in turbulence and crashed but was uninjured.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

23.10.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
700 hours
(38 hours)

Compton - Reds,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeno

Launch Type:
Foot
On attempting to land pilot was going backwards on half bar. Pilot applied full bar too aggressively and resulting 'swoop' brushed bar against ground knocking foot off the bar. Pilot went up and back but was able to land safely on road having regained control.

Unhurt
21.10.2021 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
52 hours
(22 hours)

Westbury white horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off with insufficient airspeed resulting in 180 degree turn back onto hill top. Landed on one wheel bending an upright.

Unhurt
18.10.2021 Male

Age:
66

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
2 hours
(1 hours)

St Adre les Alpes,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
777
Pawn

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height on final turn into wind turning too high. Pilot flared high on reaching the end of the landing field and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

17.10.2021 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
2 hours
(2 hours)

UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Vantage 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot collided with fence on cliff top when attempting to jump a gap on a ridge run.

Unhurt
11.10.2021 Male

Rating:
P



Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Cayenne

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot turned towards hill while thermalling on busy site but lost control and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Pelvis

25.09.2021 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
18 years
350 hours

Nont Sarah's (Buckstone Edge),
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had near miss with a drone he suspects was being flown by a FPV controller. Pilot was unable to locate drone owner.

Unhurt
18.09.2021 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
Pilot Power

Flying Experience:
4 years
20 hours
(20 hours)

Wingland Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Scout,
Scout
Shortly after take off, while getting comfortable the throttle cable went though cage netting and impacted the prop. Pilot carried out emergency landing.

Unhurt
18.09.2021 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
31 years
1000 hours
(20 hours)

Boviel,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Maestro

Launch Type:
Foot
Control handle failed while pilot was thermalling. Handle failed at the point where the webbing attaches to the swivel. Swivel did not go through the pully and pilot was able to retrieve and knot the handle back as a temporary in-flight fix.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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