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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
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
39 years
1000 hours
(19 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A-I-R
VR

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Immediately prior to the aerotow commencing the conditions were nil wind. When "all out" was called, the left wing rose first and continued to rise out of the trolley, caught by a sudden crosswind. The right wingtip came into contact with long grass, turning the glider and trolley. The weak link broke, but the glider had left the runway and stopped nose down in crops.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15.06.2021 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
13 years
210 hours
(20 hours)

Nant-Y-Moel,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi-Beta 6

Launch Type:
Foot
During a tandem launch the Advance Hybrid hard spreader rotated around its in-built carbon bar and locked in this position when under the load of the pilot and passenger. The pilot landed without incident.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
14.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
22 years
1500 hours
(20 hours)

Telegraph Hill,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
X Alps 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot became aware during flight that a hook knife had been left inside the paraglider. The pilot landed without incident. Upon inspection it was found that the hook knife had caused damage to the wing's internal structure.

Unhurt
12.06.2021 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
30 years
1200 hours
(40 hours)

Brecon Beacons,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse having encountered sever turbulence. Due to low altitude pilot deployed emergency parachute. Pilot landed on hillside without injury.

Unhurt
12.06.2021 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
11 years
228 hours
(20 hours)

Hay Bluff,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
During take-off, the pilot's foot caught a line of another paraglider on the ground. The other pilot managed to untangle the line and the launch was then able to proceed.

Unhurt
09.06.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P



Milk Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was seen to induce a spin at between 50 to 100ft above takeoff. The pilot then made a subsequent control input, stalling the glider to the ground.

Seriously Injured,
Thoracic Spine

08.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
46 years
650 hours
(20 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK
Other

Wing:
Unknown
Hang Glider launch trolley
After the final, successful, aerotow launch of the day the launch trolley front left side wheel bracket was discovered to be bent and broken on one side. Subsequent inspection found cracks in three of the four flanges on top of the bottom end of the support struts to which the two front wheels attach.

Unhurt
05.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
28 years
1000 hours
(30 hours)

Pen Cerrig calch,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Flow Paragliders
Fusion Light

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot flew close to the hill in thermic conditions in order to observe an incident / activity on the ground. The paraglider experienced an asymmetric collapse, turning it towards the hill. The pilot's corrective control input stalled the paraglider and the pilot impacted the ground.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

05.06.2021 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
28 years
2000 hours
(40 hours)

Pen Cerrig calch,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Leopard

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was ridge soaring in thermic conditions. They encountered sinking air on a downwind beat and were unable to turn away from the hill due to flight paths of other pilots. The pilot was unable to out-glide the shallow slope and impacted the ground.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

04.06.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
45 years
1500 hours
(13 hours)

Merthyr,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Omega X-Alps 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot reverse launched their wing in light cross-wind conditions and adopted a head-down, arms-straight-behind pose that they had not previously attempted down a steep hill. The paraglider tips were seen to fold back and the pilot somersaulted over the edge of the hill, causing injury.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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