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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:

Incident reports for all wing types are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
30.05.2018 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
Pilot
Private Field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off successfully but was caught out by rotor from trees in stiffening breeze.

Minor Injuries
28.05.2018 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
P
Dodd Fell (East)
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made approach to impromptu bottom landing field but did not anticipate steep wind gradient. Pilot landed fast causing minor damage to upright and A frame knuckle joint.

Unhurt
23.05.2018 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
AP
Curium
Cyprus

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

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched glider but realised that it was lifting asymmetrically and saw that one of the wing crew still had hold of the wing tip. Pilot shouted to ‘let go’ which they didn’t. Within a split second both the passenger and pilot were swung uncontrollably to the side of the launch site.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Minor Injuries
20.05.2018 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
P
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot crashed on take-off on winch launch. Pilot called "all out" before wind was fully on anticipating it would straighten but it did not. Also, possibility of thermal turbulence sinking down from above during launch pushing right wing down.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

19.05.2018 Male

Age:
47
Darley Moor Airfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Atom 3

Launch Type:
Forward launch on winch. Wing off line to right. Pilot control input to the right causing wing to go towards lock out. Operator guillotined. Student instructed to pull left and finally instructed to PLF.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

18.05.2018 Male
United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:
Unknown

Engine:
Zanzoterra

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot was reported to have been attempting to start his paramotor engine on the ground (not on his back) when the incident occurred. He sustained fatal head injuries when the prop came into contact with his head. Post incident inspection of the motor revealed the throttle handle was locked at half throttle position. The unit was fitted with an electric start system and showed signs of previous damage to one the cage upright supports.

Fatal
18.05.2018 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
CP
Putsborough
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bollero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot slipped during reverse launch ground handling practice, coupled with a sudden gust of wind. Resulted in sudden lift from and immediate repatriation with the ground at speed.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18.05.2018 Male

Age:
57

United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:

Launch Type:
Pre flight inspection of Icaro helmet revealed that one of the two retaining loops of plastic coated cord had snapped and detached at the front end at it's retaining point where it is fixed with a rivet. On inspection of spare helmet, it was found that in the same place, the outer plastic coating had snapped, but was still being retained by the inner cord core.

Unhurt
18.05.2018 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P
Sopot
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Eden 6

Launch Type:
Foot
On landing approach, the experienced pilot gave way to a low airtime pilot and hit a tree to avoid mid air collision.

Minor Injuries
18.05.2018 Male

Age:
49
Beddingham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Element 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched successfully but then applied hard right then left controls and pendulumed into the ground.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 22 April 2021

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