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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 3138 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
16.05.2020 Male

Age:
60

Flying Experience:
33 years

Swyre Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Cure 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring on a new wing and was seen to be flying the wing slowly. Just above the top of the hill he made a turn and the glider started to spin. The pilot reacted by applying the control on the opposite side. The wing was seen to enter a deep stall and the pilot descended vertically to impact the hill.

Seriously Injured
16.05.2020 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
CP Hill

Flying Experience:
9 years
17 hours
(1 hours)

Wetton Hill, Staffs,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
RUSH 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot ground handling on a hillside in thermic conditions was inadvertently lifted to approx 300ft agl. He used the speed bar to aid his descent and suffered a full frontal collapse which re-inflated just before impact.

Minor Injuries,
Lumbar Spine

15.05.2020 Male

Age:
57

Flying Experience:
7 years
60 hours
(3 hours)

Challow,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Universal

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Parajet,
Maverick
Pilot was practising walking with the motor running on his back without a wing but slipped and fell over. Pilot released throttle but didn't hit the kill switch quickly enough. Throttle cable struck prop and wrapped round the exhaust. Kill switch did not function, with engine stuck on half throttle. Eventually exhaust melted throttle cable and engine stopped. No Injuries.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
19 years
500 hours

Combe gibbet,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while thermalling close to the ridge on a crowded day. Both pilots were unhurt.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
76 hours
(6 hours)

Combe Gibbet,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Punk

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was using his paraglider to kite back up the hill, downwind of a line of trees, in thermic conditions. He was inadvertently lifted off the ground in a gust and before he could gain control was turned into the hill where he suffered injury.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

15.05.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P



Selsley Common,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Arak

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot experienced a collapse in thermic air above takeoff. The pilot applied the controls in an attempt to damp the dive and control his pendulum under the wing. The wing was seen to descend vertically in a stalled state and the pilot impacted the hill.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

15.05.2020 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
13 years
320 hours
(12 hours)

Bo Peep,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Design
Atos v

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered heavy sink while attempting to make an upslope landing. Pilot tried to turn away from the hill to bottom land but sinking air meant he landed in trees.

Unhurt
17.03.2020 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
13 hours
(13 hours)

Dunes,
Morocco

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot intentionally stalled wing over sand from 2m to find stall point. On impact the emergency parachute deployed. Pilot noted that this had happened before from the Advance Progress 3 harness.

Unhurt
16.03.2020 Male

Age:
31

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
24 hours
(16 hours)

Great Orme,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was inadvertently lifted off his feet when reverse launching. He was dragged and struck the slope several times before the glider came to rest.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

13.03.2020 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
46 years

Dunstable,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Wave
Calypso

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot flew into hillside having apparently misjudged the amount of available lift.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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