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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

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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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
18.05.2020 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
Pilot
Freathy
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
35-40 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
ATOS VQ

Launch Type:
Foot
The right hand leg loop of the pilot's Woody Valley Tenax 3 harness became detached on launch. The pilot was able to re-attach the buckle in flight.

Unhurt
16.05.2020 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
CP Hill
Wetton Hill, Staffs

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
RUSH 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot ground handling on a hillside in thermic conditions was inadvertently lifted to approx 300ft agl. He used the speed bar to aid his descent and suffered a full frontal collapse which re-inflated just before impact.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

16.05.2020 Male

Age:
60
Swyre Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Cure 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring on a new wing and was seen to be flying the wing slowly. Just above the top of the hill he made a turn and the glider started to spin. The pilot reacted by applying the control on the opposite side. The wing was seen to enter a deep stall and the pilot descended vertically to impact the hill.

Seriously Injured
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Bo Peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Design
Atos v

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered heavy sink while attempting to make an upslope landing. Pilot tried to turn away from the hill to bottom land but sinking air meant he landed in trees.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Combe gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while thermalling close to the ridge on a crowded day. Both pilots were unhurt.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
57
Challow
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Universal

Engine:
Parajet
Maverick

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot was practising walking with the motor running on his back without a wing but slipped and fell over. Pilot released throttle but didn't hit the kill switch quickly enough. Throttle cable struck prop and wrapped round the exhaust. Kill switch did not function, with engine stuck on half throttle. Eventually exhaust melted throttle cable and engine stopped. No Injuries.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Selsley Common
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Arak

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot experienced a collapse in thermic air above takeoff. The pilot applied the controls in an attempt to damp the dive and control his pendulum under the wing. The wing was seen to descend vertically in a stalled state and the pilot impacted the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

15.05.2020 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Punk

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was using his paraglider to kite back up the hill, downwind of a line of trees, in thermic conditions. He was inadvertently lifted off the ground in a gust and before he could gain control was turned into the hill where he suffered injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17.03.2020 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
CP
Dunes
Morocco

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot intentionally stalled wing over sand from 2m to find stall point. On impact the emergency parachute deployed. Pilot noted that this had happened before from the Advance Progress 3 harness.

Unhurt
16.03.2020 Male

Age:
31

Rating:
CP
Great Orme
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was inadvertently lifted off his feet when reverse launching. He was dragged and struck the slope several times before the glider came to rest.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 25 February 2021

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