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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
07.07.2019 Male



NHGPC,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot went offline on tow. Winch operator guillotined the line but pilot continued to 360 and narrowly missed large trees.

Unhurt
06.07.2019 Male

Age:
57

Flying Experience:
5 years

Field opposite Upton Marina,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Other

Wing:
Waterbird
Mistral

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Student did parachute landing fall as is done with round canopy but hurt left shin. Checked by paramedic who was onsite.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

06.07.2019 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
14 hours
(15 hours)

Brighstone,
UK

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z5
Pilot hit sinking air while ridge soaring and was unable to make chosen landing field. Pilot landed heavily with brakes on but caught arm on the ground.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

05.07.2019 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
250 hours
(30 hours)

Sederon,
France

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was attempting low save but misjudged wind speed and distance from the hill. Pilot could not complete the turn and struck the hillside.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

29.06.2019 Male

Age:
33



Talybont SW,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Firefly 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Student attempting first hops drifted across the slope and put out right hand to absorb impact. Student sprained wrist.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28.06.2019 Male

Age:
34

Flying Experience:
5 years
1 hours
(1 hours)

Sierra de Beau,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student started forward launch but the glider did not come up straight. Student kept running despite being told to stop. Student fell over hitting back on a rock.

Seriously Injured,
Internal Injuries

26.06.2019 Male

Age:
60

Flying Experience:
5 years
1 hours
(5 hours)

La paca lump,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was launching glider and as glider came over head started to run, but fell over and landed on a rock which cut leg open.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

23.06.2019 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Parascending Pilot

Flying Experience:
9 years

Birdwings, South Cerney Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Performance Designs
Zero

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
On 13th vehicle tow of the day pilot signalled for release, vehicle slowed but canopy accelerated and felt the tow pressure increase suddenly, line broke just past the release and recoiled into pilot's face.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

22.06.2019 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
95 hours
(48 hours)

Blease Fell,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot replaced brake line but forgot to feed it through the bully on the riser. Pilot also had knot in upper lines deforming the glider. Pilot top landed with difficulty using big-ears.

Unhurt
22.06.2019 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
14 years
270 hours
(40 hours)

XClent tow field,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Triple 7
Queen 2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
On attempting to release from the towline, pilot found the bridle cord had twisted round the three ring circus release preventing the release from operating. Line was guillotined and pilot eventually managed to untwist and release.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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