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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
13.01.2016 Female

Age:
56

Rating:
CP
Macher, Lanzarote
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was looking to bottom land when she encountered severe thermic turbulence. Pilot landed heavily from approx 8m.

Seriously Injured
27.12.2015 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
CP
South Barrule
Isle Of Man

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 7

Launch Type:
Foot
Inexperienced pilot launched from hillside and allowed glider to drift over the top into lee side rotor. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

22.11.2015 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
AP
Bishopstone cliffs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by strengthening winds while coastal soaring. Pilot was on full speedbar when glider suffered an asymmetric collapse. Glider rotated and pilot struck hill in standing position.

Seriously Injured
03.11.2015 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Pilot
Taucho
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Sports 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot hit sink when attempting to thermal close to rocky spine. Pilot impacted hard.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

01.11.2015 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot
Private field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Hadron XX

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot came in to land in nil wind and came in on a fast approach and caught foot on a grass clump, which twisted his leg breaking it just above the boot. Pilot drove himself to hospital. Leg in plaster for 6 weeks.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

27.10.2015 Female

Age:
45

Rating:
AP
Billing, Himachal Pradesh, India
India

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Icepeak 7

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered a cascade collapse incident while flying in a competition in India. The pilot was unable to recover the glider despite stalling twice in an attempt to 'reset' the wing. Pilot landed heavily in a 'tail slide'. Subsequent inspection showed the brake lines had shrunk by 16cm after less than 50 hours. This resulted in brake being applied inadvertently when full bar was applied.

Seriously Injured
20.10.2015 Male

Age:
73

Rating:
CP
Monks Down
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bolero

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had mid-air collision with tandem glider while ridge soaring.

Unhurt
18.10.2015 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Pilot
Whitby
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged crossing and ended up low in lee of harbour wall. Pilot accidentally spun glider attempting to avoid sea and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
17.10.2015 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
AP
Marske
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Combat L

Launch Type:
Foot
Hang glider nose wire person was inexperienced and released glider with a lot of tension on the nose wires. The glider turned immediately downwind despite pilot correcting and hit the ground just behind take off.

Minor Injuries
12.10.2015 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Wolf Crag
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Zero

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while speedflying and was unable to recover in height available.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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Last updated: 27 July 2021

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