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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 flexwing hang glider wings are displayed below in summary form.

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There are 404 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
24.02.2024 Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
38 years
2200 hours
(20 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon 3

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Whilst on landing approach the student made a control input turning the dual hang glider off course. The Instructor recovered the turn and aligned the glider with the runway but did not have time to round out before touchdown, resulting in a fast landing. An inspection revealed the landing had caused a bow in an upright.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
03.08.2023 Male

Age:
74

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
49 years

UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made good takeoff but encountered turbulence while transferring hand to the base bar. Glider pitched up and stalled. With limited ground clearance pilot crashed into the slope.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

13.07.2023 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
32 years
2500 hours
(60 hours)

Bradwell Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
WillsWing
T2C
While putting on their harness pilot's hang glider was caught by a gust of wind and was rotated over a wall causing damage to the glider.

Unhurt
13.06.2023 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
8 years
140 hours
(15 hours)

East side of Dodd Fell,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged wind speed on approach for top landing and got caught behind the peak of the hill. Pilot landed heavily in rotor turbulence.

Minor Injuries
11.06.2023 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
41 years
4000 hours
(80 hours)

Semerwater,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence,
Leeside
Flexwing Hang Glider

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilots landed in non-negotiated field after comp task and encountered farmer who was annoyed the pilots had driven down a private road to collect their gliders.

Unhurt
09.06.2023 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
23 years
50 hours
(1 hours)

Crimdon,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made good refresher top to bottom flight resulting in a good approach into wind. At approx 1m above the ground and feeling the glider begin to stall, pilot flared for landing. Glider rose approx 3m, stalled then dropped to the ground. Pilot was holding uprights causing broken arm.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

13.05.2023 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
40 years
150 hours
(1 hours)

Deenethorpe Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot left the dolly at too low a speed, hang glider drifted to the right and was slightly high behind the tug at which point the pilot released. Left wing dropped severely in close proximity to the ground, possibly due to the release action. Pilot was able to recover and land with broken upright but no injury.

Unhurt
11.05.2023 Female

Age:
63

Rating:
AEI, SI, AP

Flying Experience:
45 years
8000 hours
(20 hours)

Deenethorpe,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon 3

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot noted that wheeled tandem hang glider was pulling hard to the right while being pushed and on take off. Glider is being checked.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
11.05.2023 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
49 years
1160 hours
(14 hours)

UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Bautek
Fizz

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot did not realise crop was higher than it appeared from the air. Pilot caught base bar on landing and nosed glider in.

Unhurt
25.02.2023 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
31 years
315 hours
(25 hours)

El Penon,
Mexico

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched from mountain take-off and proceeded to fasten harness zip. In doing so pilot entered a gentle left turn and also slowed glider. Pilot entered a stalled left turn and collided with trees, falling to the ground below.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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