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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 3142 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
18.07.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
160 hours
(50 hours)

Milk Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Spice

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and spin while trying to thermal tightly at low level. Pilot could not regain control before impacting the hill.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

16.07.2018 Male



Dunstable downs,
UK

Wind Strength:
+45 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Strong Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Sprint

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by sudden increase in wind strength due to frontal activity. Pilot was blown back over the hill and crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
15.07.2018 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
160 hours
(30 hours)

Milk Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered strong turbulence while ridge soaring. Glider collapsed but pilot was able to recover and land safely.

Unhurt
15.07.2018 Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
400 hours
(75 hours)

Eype,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Cure

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot collided with cliff face while ridge soaring.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14.07.2018 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
29 years
250 hours
(26 hours)

Magic,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Artik 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Reverse launch take off in strong winds. Pilot was lifted off the ground whilst facing the glider. Unable to rotate to untwist the lines, brake input was ineffective. Glider turned slowly and impacted hill with some force.

Seriously Injured
14.07.2018 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
P



Milk,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Strong Turbulence,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered turbulence while ridge soaring as wind was off to the south causing leeside turbulence. Pilot suffered frontal collapse and crashed onto the hillside.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

14.07.2018 Male

Age:
18



South Cerney,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h
Other Whilst learning PLF student vigorously threw himself to the floor landing heavily on right shoulder.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

12.07.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
20 years

St Agnes,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Peak 3

Launch Type:
Foot
On exiting a spiral in breezy conditions, pilot flew through own wake turbulence causing glider to enter a stall. Due to brakes being shortened by previous owner the glider would not recover from the stall.

Seriously Injured
12.07.2018 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
120 hours
(57 hours)

Planpraz,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was flying along the valley side in thermic conditions and suffered an asymmetric collapse. The glider rapidly entered a spiral with twisted risers and the pilot blacked out. Pilot regained consciousness in time to deploy parachute landing 30m up in the trees. Pilot activated Echo112 App from phone and was rescued safely.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

12.07.2018 Male

Age:
30

Flying Experience:
6 years

Talybont East, South Wales,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Firefly 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Student on day 4 of speedflying course failed to turn into wind on final approach. Student crashed into trees but was unhurt.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 19 April 2024

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