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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
30.05.2015 Female

Age:
20
Buttermere Moss
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Icaro
Acro model unknown

Launch Type:
Foot
The incident occurred following an acro routine by the incident pilot at a flying event. The pilot (from France) misjudged her landing approach and executed a low dynamic turn into wind. The significant height loss during the turn led to the pilot impacting parked vehicles.

Minor Injuries
29.05.2015 Male

Rating:
Pilot
Mount caburn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
ARGOS

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered a collapse and spin while 'S' turning on approach to landing, having flown through some thermic turbulence. Pilot landed heavily.

Unhurt
29.05.2015 Male Haig
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Avax XC3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was seen to get low during a coastal competition task. The pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse and then further collapses. The pilot deployed his parachute but too late and impacted heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

21.05.2015 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
Pilot
Newgale
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 7

Launch Type:
Foot
Tandem pilot suffered asymmetric, then frontal collapse on approach to top landing. Pilot landed on his back and the passenger landed on the pilot.

Pilot
Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

Passenger
Minor Injuries
21.05.2015 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
AP
Worcester Beacon West
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Omega 8

Launch Type:
Foot
While climbing out in gusty, turbulent conditions, pilot suffered an symmetric collapse and then cravat. The glider entered a rotation and twisted. The pilot was able to correct the twisting but not the cravat and high descent rate and so deployed his parachute. Pilot drifted over spine back ridge and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

17.05.2015 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
Cp

Austria

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 3 light

Launch Type:
Foot
Moderate spiral . Within 1/2 turn became locked in . Unable to correct despite releasing inside brake and applying outside. Very rapid increase in g force , and no control. Reserve deployed.safe landing . No obvious equipment failure .

Unhurt
17.05.2015 Male

Rating:
Pilot
Widgery Cross
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bolero 4

Launch Type:
Foot
While ridge soaring pilot encountered more than expected sink at edge of a passing thermal. Pilot was slightly too late turning away from the hill and came down much faster than expected. A final attempt to turn away and flare didn't slow the glider sufficiently. The result was a faster than anticipated side-wind landing on a large rock.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

15.05.2015 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
P
Worcestershire Beacon
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Blacklight

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off and immediately noticed a pronounced 'right turn' in the wing. Unable to rectify the problem and concerned about the stability of the wing, the pilot deployed his parachute. Having landed safely the pilot discovered a knot in the upper lines on the right side of the glider. He also noticed that both brake lines had become severely twisted, despite having anti-twist swivels fitted. He suspects this may have contributed to the incident.

Unhurt
10.05.2015 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
CP
Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Flight Design
Ghostbuster

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged his approach due to concerns about the number of paragliders in the area. Pilot eventually made crosswind approach but with more downwind component than expected. Pilot attempted to run off speed but basebar struck the ground and the glider flipped over.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

10.05.2015 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Pilot
Newhaven cliff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Envy II

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot hit cliff top whilst soaring too low. Fall down cliff arrested by wing snagging on rocks.

Minor Injuries
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Last updated: 27 July 2021

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