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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
03.09.2017 Female

Age:
13

Rating:
Trainee

Flying Experience:
9 years

Barton Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Waterbird
Mistral
Pilot became detached from tow line as drogue chute failed in strengthening wind. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
02.09.2017 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
9 years
16 hours
(3 hours)

Tailbridge,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Mescal 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot sat in harness, stood up to inflate glider in order to ground handle. On inflating the glider it surged forward and then turned left twisting the pilot and puling him to the ground. On trying to stand up the pilot noted his left foot was engaging the speed system.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

31.08.2017 Female

Age:
47

Flying Experience:
7 years
1 hours
(1 hours)

Muggery Bottom,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was ground handling at the bottom of the slope. Student's knee gave way resulting in the student being dragged.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

26.08.2017 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
5 hours
(5 hours)

Shining Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot hit sink while ridge soaring. Pilot caught foot on uneven ground while trying to turn out from the slope.

Seriously Injured
26.08.2017 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
CP



Ringstead Bay, Dorset,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Unknown

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was losing height ridge soaring too close to hill. Landed heavily slightly downwind on very rough ground with legs pointing forward.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

23.08.2017 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Unqualified

Flying Experience:
7 years

Woldingham valley,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bolero

Launch Type:
Foot
Student failed to maintain symmetry during initial inflation fell left and twisted ankle.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

22.08.2017 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
184 hours
(45 hours)

Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Kantega XC2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot accidentally spun glider in having to turn tightly to avoid another pilot who had taken off and flown into his projected path.

Unhurt
21.08.2017 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
41 years
800 hours
(72 hours)

Pena Negra,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Macpara
Eden 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by extreme turbulence caused by convergence. Glider entered uncontrolled spin due to collapse and tangled lines. Pilot deployed emergency parachute but final stage of descent was accelerated, possibly due to sinking air.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

20.08.2017 Male

Age:
18

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
60 hours

Parlick,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was attempting wingovers to lose height for a top landing. The final wingover was mistimed, tension in the lines was lost and cravattes formed in both wingtips. Glider entered spiral dive; pilot deployed emergency parachute which opened just in time to prevent injury.

Unhurt
20.08.2017 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
15 hours
(15 hours)

Bradwell,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off in weak conditions. While ridge soaring pilot got close to another pilot and applied brake while already flying slowly, causing the glider to spin. Pilot got his hands up but too late to prevent a collision with the hill.

Seriously Injured
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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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