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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
08.10.2023 Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
5 hours
(5 hours)

Northern Skies HQ,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot on climb out was informed via Safe Sky about traffic. Pilot spotted Air ambulance helicopter and started immediate decent and landing. The helicopter passed within 300 M Laterally and 1-200 ft Vertically (as judged from the ground) No Issues. Airprox Filed.

08.10.2023 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
380 hours
(33 hours)

Nanty Moel,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Swift 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered strong sinking air whilst attempting to turn into wind during a top landing approach in moderate thermic conditions. They experienced a large asymmetric collapse close to the ground on final approach but avoided injury as their legs were already lowered for landing.

Unhurt
07.10.2023 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
7 hours
(7 hours)

Eype,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Evora

Launch Type:
Foot
Whilst coastal soaring Pilot lost height so decided to head for the beach landing area. Pilot realised they would not make the landing area so opted to land in the sea rather than land on rocks. Pilot managed to drag equipment ashore.

Unhurt
04.10.2023 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot Rating

Flying Experience:
8 years
325 hours
(37 hours)

Babadag,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 4

Launch Type:
Foot
In attempting to avoid tandem pilots pilot made fit landing and attempted to run off speed. Pilot suspects they caught foot on pod skirt causing bad landing.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

30.09.2023 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
3 years
56 hours
(23 hours)

Beachy Head,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Swift 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was unfamiliar with site and was flying with adverse wind direction for top landing. Pilot encountered strong turbulence on top landing approach. 40% asymmetric collapse was controlled by the pilot. Pilot safely bottom landed.

Unhurt
25.09.2023 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
22 years
1200 hours
(40 hours)

Thurnham,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Ikuma 2

Launch Type:
Foot
On a top landing approach pilot flew behind another glider that was also on a landing approach and got caught in its wake turbulence.

Unhurt
23.09.2023 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
28 years
1145 hours
(56 hours)

Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Artik 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot hit sink while ridge soaring bringing pilot into head on conflict with other pilots. Pilot was now low and travelling down wind then collided with a fence.

Minor Injuries
23.09.2023

Swyre Hill,
UK
Paraglider During a training day instructor went for an air testing flight on one of the student's gliders. As instructor clipped in they noticed a crack to the R side waist (2 part T-type) buckle.

23.09.2023 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
200 hours
(15 hours)

Devils Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong,
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Beat

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off into strong lift. After several seconds the glider suffered an asymmetric collapse. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

22.09.2023 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
35 years
1000 hours
(95 hours)

Dunstable,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Klimber 3p

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by developing weather conditions and infringed airspace while trying to find a safe landing area.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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