Paraglider

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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There are 2772 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
21.08.2017 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Pilot
Pena Negra
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Macpara
Eden 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by extreme turbulence caused by convergence. Glider entered uncontrolled spin due to collapse and tangled lines. Pilot deployed emergency parachute but final stage of descent was accelerated, possibly due to sinking air.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

20.08.2017 Male

Age:
18

Rating:
CP
Parlick
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was attempting wingovers to lose height for a top landing. The final wingover was mistimed, tension in the lines was lost and cravattes formed in both wingtips. Glider entered spiral dive; pilot deployed emergency parachute which opened just in time to prevent injury.

Unhurt
20.08.2017 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
Bradwell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off in weak conditions. While ridge soaring pilot got close to another pilot and applied brake while already flying slowly, causing the glider to spin. Pilot got his hands up but too late to prevent a collision with the hill.

Seriously Injured
16.08.2017 Female

Age:
37

Rating:
CP
Kobala
Slovenia

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was seen to be correcting oscillations on landing resulting in an asymmetric flare. Pilot twisted knee on landing as glider rotated.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

13.08.2017 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Non bhpa
N/a
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Apco
Force 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was climbing out of field when glider entered a spin at low level. Pilot impacted heavily before recovery could be achieved.

Seriously Injured
13.08.2017 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
U2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot was distracted and allowed nose of glider to drift upwards during winch launch. The glider went up at a high angle and the winch operator guillotined the line. The pilot pulled the bar in but caught an upright on the ground before fully in control, landing heavily.

Minor Injuries
13.08.2017 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
Pilot
Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Golden 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was waiting to launch when a dust devil lifted him 10m into the air before dumping him in a bush.

Minor Injuries
13.08.2017 Male

Age:
60
Shining Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Prima

Launch Type:
Foot
Student encountered thermal while doing short hop. Glider suffered frontal collapse and student landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

13.08.2017 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Pilot
Sibson, Nuneaton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Design
ATOS VR

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot released from aerotow when glider went off-line before getting airborne. The right wing tip touched down pulling the pilot out of the trolley causing damage to an upright.

Minor Injuries
13.08.2017 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
Pre cp
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Atom 3

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Student went off line on take-off and did not apply enough corrective control. Winch operator guillotined the line but student landed heavily having failed to counter the pendulum.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 22 April 2021

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