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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 3175 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
06.05.2019 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
8 years
120 hours
(40 hours)

Lulworth Cove,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Whilst soaring on the coast pilot flew into rotor having not noticed a change in the wind direction. The glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and the pilot landed heavily, colliding with a wire fence.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

06.05.2019 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
37 years
3000 hours
(50 hours)

Coombe Gibbet,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot allowed himself to get distracted and connected risers wrong way round. On launch pilot found he was facing backwards. Pilot maintained control and bottom landed on his feet walking backwards.

Unhurt
06.05.2019 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
11 years
200 hours
(30 hours)

Coast Run,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Omega 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was on a Coastal Soaring Run and did not realise the wind had switched. The pilot was low at the time and landed downwind on rocks.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

29.04.2019 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years

Babadag,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot called 'Takeoff' and proceeded to reverse launch. Pilot got the glider under control and proceeded to take off. The glider was flying with the pilot about 1.5m off the ground when a Tandem pilot with passenger reversed launched his wing into the path of the flying pilot. The wings entangled and the flying pilot crashed onto the takeoff suffering minor scrapes.

Minor Injuries
23.04.2019 Male

Age:
69

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
48 years
1000 hours
(7 hours)

Primrose Valley,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed in front of where intended on top of the cliff. Pilot tripped and fell forward and hit head hard on the wooden fence that surrounded the cliffs.

Seriously Injured,
Head Injuries

22.04.2019 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
15 years
500 hours
(40 hours)

Col de la Forclaz,
France
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10
While hanging in a static simulator practising reserve throws, pilot had extreme difficulty extracting parachute from the harness.

Unhurt
20.04.2019 Male

Age:
35

Flying Experience:
5 years

Broughton Heights near Broughton Village Scottish Borders,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Bright
Fatal incident under investigation

Fatal
20.04.2019 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
165 hours
(17 hours)

Mam Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Xi

Launch Type:
Foot
On attempting to launch the pilot was caught out by a strong thermal. The pilot lost control of the glider and was dragged back towards bystanders. One go the glider suspension lines caught a child round his neck. The child was not seriously injured.

Unhurt
20.04.2019 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
11 hours
(6 hours)

Piedra Bonita,
Brazil

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off for top to bottom flight but did not notice knot in B/C lines. Pilot tried to remove the knot by pulling on the lines but the glider entered a spiral dive at approx 20-30m above the trees. Glider caught trees and pilot landed heavily but unhurt.

Unhurt
19.04.2019 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
35 years
4000 hours
(80 hours)

Chillerton,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeno

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot slope landed but wind shifted pulling the pilot down the slope. Pilot put foot in rabbit hole and fell over.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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