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British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
22.01.2017 Male

Age:
66

Rating:
CP
Sarangkot
Nepal

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed in a tree then fell while attempting to climb down.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

21.01.2017 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP
Local field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was making an approach to a familiar landing area but in an unfamiliar wind direction. Pilot turned through a break in the trees into direct sunlight then realised he was heading for high voltage power lines. The pilot applied power and pulled hard right tip steering line. The pilot avoided the power lines but the glider entered a spin resulting in a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured
21.01.2017 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Mercury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Dual

Launch Type:
Foot
Tandem pilot initiated landing flare but then let up causing a slight pendulum. Subsequent landing was heavier than usual, compounded by hard, frozen ground in landing area.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

Passenger
Unhurt
21.01.2017 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
Blease Fell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Sport 3

Launch Type:
Foot
While on approach to landing the pilot decided to land in a field adjacent to the landing field because of the close proximity of other landing pilots. Pilot was aware of the power line running parallel to the field but did not see the line running across the field. Glider struck line which snapped and the pilot fell to the ground.

Unhurt
04.01.2017 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
Pilot
Whiterocks
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Trickster

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot, experienced in mini wings, was flying an acro wing for the first time at local dunes. After a period of familiarisation he began to make more aggressive turns. During one turn the pilot applied an excessive amount of control causing the wing to collapse. The wing recovered but had lost significant height and the pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

04.01.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
BiBeta 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot armed quickouts prior to tandem inflation in strong conditions to enable rapid release if necessary. Pilot intended to disarm prior to actual launch. Pilot forgot to disarm on launch but did so a few minutes into the flight.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
02.01.2017 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
AP
Bratton Camp
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Triple Seven
Queen

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot narrowly avoided mid-air collision with another pilot who appeared not to know what they were doing. It turned out that the pilot, who had no BHPA rating, was being coached by two other pilots.

Unhurt
31.12.2016 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
Pilot (tandem)
Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi-Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot armed quickouts prior to tandem flight in breezy conditions with damp grass under foot and close to hedge, road and trees. Pilot intended to disarm as soon as in safe flight. On attempting to disarm the pilot's finger slipped and hit the release button. Pilot was able to push insert back into place and disarm.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
22.12.2016 Male

Age:
19

Rating:
CP
Milk Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Geronimo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged weather and made the incorrect decision to land at the top of the hill. Due to the wind strength the pilot decided to land in the field behind take off but had insufficient height and landed on a fence damaging the wing/harnesses but otherwise unhurt.

Unhurt
16.12.2016 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Slimbridge sports field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Dudek
Hadron XX

Launch Type:
Foot
While making 'dry run' approach in low light conditions, the pilot failed to see power lines that were partially hidden along a line of trees surrounding the chosen field. Pilot struck the power lines and sustained minor injuries.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 25 October 2021

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