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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:

Incident reports for all wing types are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
21.03.2021 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
CP
South Harting
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Arriba 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot inflated the paraglider with lines knotted and tangled. The controls were applied hard as the pilot attempted to bring the wing under control, causing the control lines to break. The launch was abandoned.

Unhurt
21.03.2021 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
CP
Bratton Camp
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying a downwind beat close to the slope in light soaring conditions. The pilot was in a seated position in the harness and their foot caught in a rut as they skimmed the ground, ending the flight and causing injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18.03.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
CP
Longridge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot made a downwind landing in wind that was off the hill, and collided with a rock hidden in the heather.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

18.03.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VR

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot rigged and checked their glider, and left the spoiler wires disconnected whilst the glider was tail-into-wind. These were then connected and spoiler activation was noted as the pilot manoeuvred the glider to the take-off. On launch, the glider rolled right despite full opposite control and impacted the slope sustaining damage. On inspection, the pilot noticed that slack in the unconnected spoiler wires had become tangled causing the spoilers not to function correctly (when connected). This went undetected because the zips were closed and nose cone was fitted.

Unhurt
09.03.2021 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Pilot
Filey
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was inspecting his wing and found the accelerator system Brummell hooks (harness end, both left and right sides) were severely corroded and had fallen apart inside their after-market Brummell hook covers.

Unhurt
04.03.2021 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
CP
Caburn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Geo 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was moving their glider after landing and tripped and fell, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.02.2021 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Dungavel
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot became aware of a tear in the harness webbing attachment to the carabiner whist in flight. They chose to make a precautionary landing and landed safely.

Unhurt
25.02.2021 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP
Coaley Peak
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Summit XC4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot unintentionally induced a spin when thermalling. This led to a cascade of departures from normal flight from which the pilot was unable to recover and he made a successful deployment of his emergency parachute.

Unhurt
02.01.2021 Male

Age:
24

Rating:
Pilot
Winter Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was aware of deteriorating conditions and opted to top land. They lost control of the paraglider after top landing and were dragged, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

01.01.2021 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Banbury
United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Freeride

Launch Type:
The PPG pilot operated the throttle mounted engine kill switch on landing, which failed to stop the engine. Upon inspection, the pilot located a broken wire in the throttle cable, at the location where it is tied to the frame.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 27 July 2021

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