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
05.06.2021 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
AP
Pen Cerrig calch
United Kingdom

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

05.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP
Pen Cerrig calch
United Kingdom

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

04.06.2021 Female

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was blown back on launch and collided with a bench. The pilot considered they did not take sufficient time to assess the wind speed.

Unhurt
04.06.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Merthyr
United Kingdom

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

01.06.2021 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Beer
United Kingdom

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

Wing:
Ozone
Ultralight 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched from easterly facing cliffs expecting to ridge soar. They encountered sinking air and landed uninjured in the undergrowth on the slope.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

31.05.2021 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP
Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
35-40 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Zero 2

Launch Type:
Foot
During a soaring flight in thermic conditions the pilot experienced an asymmetric collapse whilst flying with trimmers released (accelerated). The paraglider turned towards its collapsed side, and into the hill. The pilot impacted the hillside and sustained injury.

Seriously Injured
30.05.2021 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Pilot
Pandy
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Camino

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was launching in strong conditions and was lifted off their feet. The pilot was seen to turn partly the wrong way and made a control input that turned them into slope, where they landed on their upper back.

Seriously Injured:
Internal Injuries

30.05.2021 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
Pilot
Chillerton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Lynx

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot induced a spin during soaring flight and collided with the hill, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured
23.05.2021 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
AP
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
40-45 Km/h
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VRS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of the wing on the launch area during a change in wind direction and increase in windspeed. The wing and pilot were lifted, blown backwards and dropped to the ground, which caused damage to the glider.

Minor Injuries:
Pelvis

19.05.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
CP
Cefn Eglwysilan
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 9

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider collapsed in a gust during a top landing and the pilot impacted heavily, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 28 October 2021

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