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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
28.03.2019 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
41 years
1000 hours

Defford Croft airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX3.5

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot had low level weak link break during an aerotow and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Head Injuries

28.03.2019 Male

Age:
21

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
60 hours
(25 hours)

WLMAC,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Slalom

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched into the light wind at sunset with near nil wind conditions and flew a circuit of the model plane airstrip and. While flying downwind at around 50ft the left trim slipped open sending the glider into a sharp steep spin into the ground.

Seriously Injured
27.03.2019 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
17 years
1600 hours
(21 hours)

Combe Gibbet,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Triple Seven
Queen 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed due to SOS on flight instrument. On taking off again the pilot did not do a pre-flight check and found his right hand brake handle was looped through the C lines. Pilot was able to steer using brake line above the handle until clear of the hill and was then able to untangle the handle.

Unhurt
26.03.2019 Female

Age:
27

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
5 hours
(1 hours)

Westbury Whitehorse,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot got too close to the slope while avoiding another paraglider approaching from the opposite direction. Pilot landed heavily.

Unhurt
26.03.2019 Male

Age:
35

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
400 hours

Lucena,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered large asymmetric collapse shortly after take-off. Glider rotated and dived towards the slope before the pilot had time to react.

Seriously Injured
25.03.2019 Male

Age:
51



Mam Tor NW,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Tequila 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot got blown back over spine-back ridge in increasingly windy conditions. Pilot crashed on the lee side.

Seriously Injured,
Internal Injuries

25.03.2019 Male

Age:
51

Flying Experience:
8 years
130 hours
(15 hours)

Mam Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Tequila 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Whilst soaring in changeable conditions the pilot got leeside of the hill and the glider dropped rapidly. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

25.03.2019 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
6 hours

King Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Epic

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot hit heavy sink while ridge soaring and was unable to turn away from the ridge before landing heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

25.03.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
26 years

Llangollen,
UK

Wind Strength:
35-40 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot returning to the sport after 10 year lay off. Pilot made rushed launch but was able to get off and flew for 10-15 mins. Pilot made safe landing but was then ground looped breaking an upright.

Unhurt
25.03.2019 Female

Age:
30

Rating:
AP



Beddingham,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Magnum 3

Launch Type:
Foot
On approach to top landing the pilot attempted to arm Quick Out karabiners at approx 2m above the ground. On arming the right hand Quick Out it released immediately without the release pins having been pushed. Pilot and passenger fell heavily.

Pilot:
Seriously Injured
Feet, Legs

Passenger:
Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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