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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
22.02.2019 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
19 years
100 hours
(7 hours)

Windy Knoll,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on final approach. Glider rotated and was blown back over larked cars. Pilot landed on cars but was uninjured.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
21.02.2019 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
57 hours
(18 hours)

Curbar,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Tequila 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot collided with the hill while attempting to sort out possible control line tangle.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

16.02.2019 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
30 years

Newhaven,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Aspen

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height in weakening conditions and collided with a large rock on bottom landing.

Minor Injuries
15.02.2019 Male

Age:
19

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
90 hours
(5 hours)

Parlick South,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot kited glider up hill only to find it was very windy on top. Pilot attempted to collapse glider but control line became caught in parachute deployment handle and pulled parachute out of harness. Pilot eventually regained control and subsequently discovered flaps on harness to prevent line snags.

Unhurt
14.02.2019 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
4 hours
(4 hours)

High & Over,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Atlas

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot slipped on landing straining knee.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

07.02.2019 Male

Age:
61

Flying Experience:
5 years
1 hours

Nigels take off Morocco,
Morocco

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Mescal 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Student tracked sideways after launching then turned in towards the hill despite being told to turn away by the instructor. Student landed cross-slope heavily.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

31.01.2019 Male

Age:
32

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
18 hours
(8 hours)

Bradwell,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Team 5
Blue

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was flying with new foot stirrup and on launching caught his speed system around his flight deck. He rectified this then attempted to use his stirrup. On reaching for then stirrup he accidentally grabbed his parachute deployment handle and pulled it, releasing the pins. The parachute deployed and the pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
22.01.2019 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
21 years
300 hours
(12 hours)

N/A,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot carried out a test parachute deployment on his Advance Lightness 3 harness in accordance with the harness manual and with the modified handle and deployment bag. He found the parachute would not deploy. He tried a second time pulling slightly rearward and again the parachute would not deploy. In both cases the rearward facing yellow retaining cable bent preventing release. On a third attempt the pilot pulled slightly forwards and the parachute deployed.

Unhurt
19.01.2019 Male

Age:
78

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years

BF Repack,
UK
Paraglider Pilot was repacking square parachute at BFR and noticed just in time that the apex cord was still attached. Pilot removed cord and finished the repack.

09.01.2019 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
86 hours
(24 hours)

Lords Seat,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Macpara
Eden 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off in windy conditions and found the wind was stronger than expected and more off to the west than was ideal. Pilot had to apply increasing amount of speed bar to penetrate and eventually full bar to avoid being blown back over ridge. Pilot then suffered asymmetric collapse and was unable to recover before hitting the ground.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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