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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
11.10.2020 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
AP
Longridge Fell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed RX

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered turbulence when top landing behind the crest of the hill and lost control of the hang glider at low level. The corner of the base bar hit the ground and stopped dead whilst the pilot swung forward with momentum, injuring the pilot's wrist on the upright.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

22.06.2020 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Pilot
Freathy
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Lightsport

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot set up his top landing approach too far back and was caught in rotor. This caused the aircraft to crash in the field behind take off.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

31.05.2020 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Advanced Pilot
Not stated
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2c

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged distance on approach to landing and failed to maintain sufficient airspeed to flare, leading to a heavy landing.

Unhurt
30.05.2020 Male

Rating:
CP
Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was too low to turn to the landing field, being in close proximity to a line of trees between the slope he was flying and the landing field. He was seen to collide with the slope.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

13.03.2020 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Dunstable
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Wave
Calypso

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot flew into hillside having apparently misjudged the amount of available lift.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

07.02.2020 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP
Mala Lanzarote
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Puma

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged final flare on landing, allowing nose to drop after touch-down. Pilot hit rear edge of speed upright with upper arm.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.01.2020 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
AP
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Rx3.5pro

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot approached a paraglider pilot who was invisible to him due to low sun. At the last second the pilot dived under and to the right of the paraglider, narrowly avoiding a collision.

Unhurt
15.09.2019 Male

Age:
63
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Rx

Launch Type:
Foot
Non-member pilot misjudged approach and crashed in bracken short of the landing field.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

05.09.2019 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2

Launch Type:
Foot
While test flying a glider the pilot found himself in a right hand turn. The pilot could not counter the turn and circled into the hillside. Pilot suspects he may have been flying too slow due to unfamiliarity with the glider.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

26.08.2019 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
AP
Col d'Ares
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo 3

Launch Type:
Foot
During comp, pilot left turn point low leaving no safe landing options. Pilot went for small field with intention of using drag chute to help. Pilot accidentally pulled emergency chute rather than drag chute forcing him to deal with this to avoid power lines, while attempting the landing. Drag deployed successfully but when at 1m above, the main chute deployed causing sudden stop. Glider sustained a bent upright.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 1 March 2021

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