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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 3175 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
06.02.2020 Male

Age:
51



Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Atom 3

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Student caught foot while landing from low, short hop resulting in a fractured leg.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

05.02.2020 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
11 years
260 hours
(28 hours)

Ansermanuevo,
Colombia

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Cure

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made emergency turn while on final approach to avoid low level power lines. Pilot's seat made contact with bump in the ground before legs could fully absorb the impact.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

03.02.2020 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
15 years
194 hours

None,
UK
Other

Wing:
High Aventure
Beamer Emergency Parachute
During repack session pilot noticed that the control handle sticks had been threaded through the metal rings. They should NOT have been put through the rings but simply inserted into the sleeves.

Unhurt
30.01.2020 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
EPC

Flying Experience:
5 years
1 hours
(1 hours)

Villaricos,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Fides 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student lifted legs on launch before the wing had taken the full weight of the pilot and his equipment. This resulted in the paramotor making a glancing contact with the ground and the prop puncturing the fuel tank. Instructor immediately stopped the flight as pilot was unaware of the damage.

Unhurt
25.01.2020 Male

Age:
47

Flying Experience:
4 years

Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Spark

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Student launched the wing successfully then applied control on both sides changing the angle of attack of the wing. He drifted left and then raised his left hand and applied more control on the right causing the wing to spin from approximately 20ft.

Seriously Injured
22.01.2020 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
30 years
1200 hours
(8 hours)

Farmara cliffs,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Explorer

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged lift and made emergency landing on rocky beach. Glider and harness were dragged into surf and pilot was benighted but was able to escape from the beach the following morning.

Unhurt
21.01.2020 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
11 years
1000 hours
(30 hours)

Jerbourg cliffs,
Guernsey

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Cayenne 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was soaring coastal cliff when drop in wind forced him to bottom land. With limited options pilot landed on rocks.

Seriously Injured
19.01.2020 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
41 years
3000 hours
(100 hours)

Bradwell Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Rx3.5pro

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot approached a paraglider pilot who was invisible to him due to low sun. At the last second the pilot dived under and to the right of the paraglider, narrowly avoiding a collision.

Unhurt
18.01.2020 Male

Age:
34

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years
40 hours
(20 hours)

Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted 360 degree turn close to the hill misjudging height and distance and ended up landing heavily downwind on the gentle slope close to the top of the hill.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
12.01.2020 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
10 hours
(28 hours)

Pen Dinas,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence,
Front Influence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Zero 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was ridge soaring his speedwing set to fast trim when the wing suffered an asymmetric collapse. The wing rotated then reinflated facing the slope. Pilot impacted heavily into gorse.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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