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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 3169 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
12.12.2017 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years

Stanage Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was soaring Stanage Edge, with other paraglider pilots. His wing was seen to have an asymmetric collapse on the left hand side, whilst flying with the ridge on his left. The wing turned sharply towards the hill and the pilot impacted the ground.

Fatal,
Internal Injuries

09.12.2017 Male

Age:
32

Flying Experience:
7 years

Gribbles Ridge,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Element 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Shortly after take off the radio failed and the student panicked and turned downwind towards the hill. Student then lifted his legs to clear a barbed wire fence before landing downwind in the next field. Student was in shock but was unhurt.

Unhurt
03.12.2017 Male

Flying Experience:
20 years

Pilling,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
Apco
NRG Pro

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Apco,
Air Comfort
Pilot lost control of glider while flying at low altitude and crashed into ploughed field.

Fatal,
Internal Injuries

03.12.2017 Male

Age:
20

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
3 hours
(3 hours)

Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence,
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Caypso

Launch Type:
Foot
Hang glider pilot had mid-air collision with paraglider pilot while ridge soaring in busy conditions.

Unhurt
28.11.2017 Female

Age:
55

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
17 years
500 hours
(60 hours)

Selsley Common,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot reverse launched glider but was kited sideways into and over a bush. Pilot was thrown heavily to ground landing on her arm.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.11.2017 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Unqualified

Flying Experience:
7 years

Bornos,
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Adam

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was attempting first forward launch and fell forward landing on his hand.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.11.2017 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
Unqualified

Flying Experience:
7 years

Ditchling Beacon,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Wave

Launch Type:
Foot
On 5th 'maintaining course and airspeed' flight launch student applied excessive right hand brake, initiating a turn to the right without leaving the ground. He fell over, put out his right hand and on striking an anthill, breaking his wrist.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.11.2017 Female

Age:
34

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
11 years
165 hours
(30 hours)

N/A,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 3
After flying, pilot was packing away and noticed parachute pins were fully released and parachute was being held in only by velcro. During pre-flight check the pilot had checked parachute handle but had not lifted flap to check pins.

Unhurt
15.11.2017 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
11 years
25 hours

Bornos Lake,
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost balance on launch having recovered from small frontal collapse then fell forward dislocating his shoulder.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15.11.2017 Male

Age:
64

Flying Experience:
7 years
(16 hours)

Swyre,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Adam

Launch Type:
Foot
Student stalled glider while on approach and landed on his back.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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