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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
26.07.2018 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
CP
Trainion St Geniez
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Atlas

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was ridge soaring with two other pilots when after some 20 minutes of normal flight his glider suffered a collapse, which resulted in a rapid spinning descent to the ground.

Fatal
24.07.2018 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
Pilot
Mont Avena
Italy

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Onone
Enzo 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off with difficulty then flew out towards an area with minor turbulence, close to the launch. Pilot then suffered a frontal collapse and was unable to recover before impacting the slope.

Seriously Injured
23.07.2018 Male

Age:
66
Thurnham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot flew in front of a pair of trees on the slope in order to scratch lift as conditions momentarily lightened. Right wing tip caught uppermost branch of second tree. Too close in slightly turbulent air. Snared wingtip caused glider to spin near the ground.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

22.07.2018 Male

Rating:
CP
Rhossili
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Vibe

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot clipped the side of the hill while ridge soaring. This spun the glider round, locking off the controls. The glider then turned into the hill at speed.

Seriously Injured
21.07.2018 Male

Age:
19

Rating:
CP
Mt Caburn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Unknown
Unknown

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot turned sharply and dived into the hill (hit side of slope) with speed.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18.07.2018 Male

Age:
19

Rating:
Novice
Sywell Aerodrome
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
John McIntyre
Airglow

Engine:
Arkwright
175cm 61kg

Launch Type:
Powered
During human power competition pilot overshot the landing area having miscalculated the distance required to stop the aircraft. Aircraft side wire caught a runway light causing some damage to the aircraft.

Unhurt
18.07.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Pilot
Milk Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Spice

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and spin while trying to thermal tightly at low level. Pilot could not regain control before impacting the hill.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

18.07.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP
Egerton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Cyclone Airsports
Chaser S

Engine:
Rotax
447

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot landed microlight safely but caught foot on throttle while correcting a turn. Relaxing the pressure caused the course to deviate again, and the resulting attempts to manage both throttle and steering caused an oscillation, which led to the aircraft turning over onto its side. Pilot was able to release seat belt and exit aircraft with no injury.

Unhurt
16.07.2018 Male Dunstable downs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
+45 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Strong Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Sprint

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by sudden increase in wind strength due to frontal activity. Pilot was blown back over the hill and crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
15.07.2018 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
Pilot
Milk Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered strong turbulence while ridge soaring. Glider collapsed but pilot was able to recover and land safely.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 25 July 2021

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