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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:

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
21.03.2018 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
AP
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
On release at 2000' at the top of the aerotow the pilot's barrel release string wrapped around itself and knotted, causing itself, and hence the pilot, to remain connected from one side of the harness to the standard metal ring on the end of the tow line. Pilot was able to force a weak link break and landed safely.

Unhurt
21.03.2018 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Pilot
Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Carrera+

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made course correction when pilot in front turned sharper than he expected while ridge soaring in busy conditions. This corrected path resulted in a midair collision with another paraglider who was passing below. Both pilots landed safely.

Unhurt
20.03.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Pilot
Llangollen
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Icon

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot experienced turbulence when returning to the ridge to top land. Glider suffered frontal collapse, which recovered but had turned the pilot towards the hill with little height. Glider then suffered another full collapse and the pilot crashed into pine forrest. Pilot was rescued by Mountain Rescue.

Unhurt
16.03.2018 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
Pilot
Warren
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered turbulence while making an approach to top land on clifftop site.

Minor Injuries
15.03.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
None aircraft mechanic

United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:

Launch Type:
Experienced Aircraft Mechanic completely unfamiliar with paramotoring decided to work at home on a friends paramotor. The engine was run without a safety cage but sitting on a small wood board. The engine suddenly reved up, started to lift and tilt releasing from the board. The mechanic was struck hard on the face diagonally with 2 strikes from the carbon prop that did eventually break.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

13.03.2018 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
CP
Freathy
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot crash landed on rocks having got low while coastal soaring. Pilot hoped to find lift where he had found it previously on the flight but did not.

Unhurt
13.03.2018 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
AP
Bradwell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot spun glider while thermalling. Glider stayed in deep stall possibly due to incorrect pilot input.

Minor Injuries
11.03.2018 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
CP
Parlick East, Lancashire
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach and was short of official landing field. In attempting to reach an adjacent field the pilot accidentally stalled the glider due to the wind gradient.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

11.03.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP
Parlick Pike (East)
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed short in field adjacent to landing field but was also slightly crosswind. Left hand side of control frame struck the ground first causing the pilot to swing through.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

10.03.2018 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
AP
Ringstead
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
VR+

Launch Type:
Foot
While coastal soaring in strong and fluctuating winds pilot found himself in sinking air with limited safe landing options. Pilot landed on rocky area but was able to avoid injury by flaring hard and landing vertically.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 25 July 2021

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