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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
24.03.2024 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
34 years
2000 hours
(5 hours)

Tinto,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Phantom

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot inadvertently stalled the paraglider whilst scratching for lift, and hit the ground, sustaining injury. The pilot highlighted their new glider, and the gusty conditions on a site they had not previously flown, as contributing factors.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

22.03.2024

N/A: repacking,
UK
Other

Wing:
Sol
Squad Light 57 Bi Emergency Parachute
During a routine repack of the emergency parachute the lines did not cleanly separate. A test inflation was slow, the lines appearing to be tangled (which they were not). The repacker reported that a subsequent test inflation came out cleanly.

Unhurt
16.03.2024 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
43 hours
(7 hours)

Rushup Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Model unknown

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in strong wind and shortly after take-off the paraglider was seen to enter a stall. The pilot was injured following their impact with the ground.

Pilot:
Seriously Injured
Feet, Legs

Passenger:
Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

03.03.2024 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
3 hours
(2 hours)

Fair Snape,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
ION 6 LIGHT

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot flew towards the landing field on a crosswind approach and touched down fast, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

26.02.2024 Male

Rating:
P



Aguapanela,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered turbulence which led to collapses and a cravatte. The pilot deployed their emergency parachute which became entangled in the paraglider lines whilst still in its inner container. The pilot was unable to take further action, their head jammed against the risers by twisted lines. The parachute partially opened and the pilot descended to to the ground, sustaining injury on impact.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

25.02.2024 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
26 years
700 hours
(51 hours)

Glencoe,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot sustained injury colliding with a rock during the acceleration phase of their launch, however they were able to continue to launch.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

24.02.2024 Male

Rating:
Unknown



Shining Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Unknown
Single surface paraglider
A pilot attempting to ridge soar in light wind initiating a spin a from around eight meters above the ground, resulting in suspected minor injuries upon impact.

Minor Injuries
24.02.2024 Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
38 years
2200 hours
(20 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon 3

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Whilst on landing approach the student made a control input turning the dual hang glider off course. The Instructor recovered the turn and aligned the glider with the runway but did not have time to round out before touchdown, resulting in a fast landing. An inspection revealed the landing had caused a bow in an upright.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
24.02.2024 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
25 years
600 hours
(20 hours)

Stanage Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Eden 7

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was making a soaring flight and opted to approach the hang glider take off, flying with a downwind component and no longer in ridge lift. The pilot was not able to turn into wind in time, and collided with a rock upon touchdown, causing injury.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

23.02.2024 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
8 years
500 hours
(36 hours)

Nid d'Aigle Dunes,
Morocco

Wind Strength:
40-45 km/h

Conditions:,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Mint

Launch Type:
Foot
Following a morning flight in soaring conditions on the site, the pilot returned to fly after lunch. They did not notice that the wind speed had increased. Despite using the speed bar, pilot was blown back over the dune into leeside rotor. They experienced a wing collapse in the turbulent air and hit the ground sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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