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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
18.11.2018 Male

Age:
59

Flying Experience:
60 hours

Babadag,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Glider overshot on launch inducing asymmetric collapse. Pilot continued to launch and the glider re-inflated with a small cravat. Pilot fell off the front of take-off inducing a 70% asymmetric collapse, which did not recover. The pilot managed to control his heading until the glider recovered and the pilot flew away safely.

Unhurt
16.11.2018 Male

Age:
37

Flying Experience:
6 years

Quattro Mojones,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Atom 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Student drifted crosswind on launch and did not correct the drift. Student crashed into the hillside.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

06.11.2018 Male

Age:
30

Flying Experience:
6 years

Training slope,
Nepal

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
ICARO
Pica

Launch Type:
Foot
Student on day 5 of a beginner course making small top to bottom flights. Flared on landing a little late, landed hard and sprained his ankle.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

05.11.2018 Male

Age:
30

Flying Experience:
6 years

Training slope,
Nepal

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
ICARO
Pica

Launch Type:
Foot
Student released brakes too soon on take-off and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

04.11.2018 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
40 years
631 hours
(31 hours)

Beachy Head,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot avoided usual top landing area due to paraglider activity. Pilot ended up downwind of a bank on approach and was caught by low level turbulence. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28.10.2018 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
18 years
238 hours
(30 hours)

Bir,
India

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Punk

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught in turbulence while ridge soaring. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse then cascade. Pilot deployed parachute, which did not fully deploy. Pilot landed through trees, avoiding serious injury.

Unhurt
27.10.2018 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
400 hours

Maiden Castle,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Niviuk
Zion

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot initiated 360 degree turn but without sufficient height to recover from the manoeuvre before impacting the slope. Pilot impacted the slope at speed.

Seriously Injured
24.10.2018 Male

Flying Experience:
6 years

Hay Bluff,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
During reverse ground handling training, the student pilot released the brakes during the "wall building" stage. The glider then inflated right wing tip first and quickly rose up and to the student's right hand side, pulling him onto his side.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

24.10.2018 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
20 years
632 hours
(20 hours)

Hay Bluff NW,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 6

Launch Type:
Foot
While soaring in "top-end" wind conditions the pilot discovered he had routed his two buckle harness and leg straps through his speed bar foot loop. This rendered the speed system inoperable.

Unhurt
20.10.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
15 hours
(1 hours)

NHGPC,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot spun glider having taken a wrap and induced a turn. Glider then entered cascade, which was not controlled by the pilot. Pilot deployed parachute but at too low an altitude for it to be effective.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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