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British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

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There are 2814 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
29.10.2016 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Pilot Power
Private Field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Apco
Force 2

Engine:

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot stalled wing while turning against the torque at low level in attempt to avoid overflying neighbours. Pilot managed to kill engine before heavy impact.

Minor Injuries
23.10.2016 Male

Age:
37
Pilling
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
Jojo Wings
Instinct

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of paramotor at low altitude.

Fatal
22.10.2016 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP
Bo peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Yeti

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to top land close to a barbwire fence. Speedbar caught on fence then glider fell on fence.

Unhurt
21.10.2016 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
AP
Villebois Lavallette
France
Paraglider

Wing:
Koch
Winch

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
During a routine inspection of the weak link components of a twin drum Koch winch it was found that the aluminium cases that house the aluminium weak links had their ends burred over such that the link would not slide out of the housing. This rendered the weak link inoperative and the force required to break it would have been considerably more than the certified intended force.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
19.10.2016 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Devils dyke
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Seedwings
Space

Launch Type:
Pilot was struggling to attach nose wires. It transpired that the glider had been in a minor crash on landing and the replaced uprights were too long. The uprights were subsequently changed.

Unhurt
15.10.2016 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Milk Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2C

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was flying slowly to maximise lift causing the wing to stall when turning into approach base leg. Glider landed heavily.

Unhurt
14.10.2016 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Pilot
360
India

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Tala

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level while thermalling. Pilot was unable to regain control of the glider and deployed his emergency parachute. Parachute had insufficient height to deploy fully and pilot impacted rocks.

Fatal:
Head Injuries

10.10.2016 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Pilot
Herne Bay
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz 4

Launch Type:
Foot
While coastal soaring the pilot was blown back into rotor turbulence by strengthening wind.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

10.10.2016 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Pilot

United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Engine:
Air Conception
Ultra 130

Launch Type:
Powered
Paramotor pilot posted Airprox having had an encounter with a biplane that appeared to be involved in a display with two balloons. Pilot did not realise the biplane was a full sized manned aircraft, having initially thought it was a drone.

Unhurt
09.10.2016 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
CP
Mundsley
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by strengthening winds and was blown back into a village. While being blown back, pilot pushed off house chimney to avoid standing on roof before crashing through a telephone line and landing in conifers.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 27 July 2021

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