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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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There are 379 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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
17.08.2019 Male

Age:
70

Rating:
Pilot
Aberavon Dunes
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to take off in breezy conditions on dunes but was immediately turned causing a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.07.2019 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP
Woolacombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made excessive flare on landing in breezy conditions. Glider rose up then fell to the ground with pilot still holding the uprights.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.05.2019 Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Pilot observed rust on inside of Austrialpin carabiner. Harness never been wet other than through general use; never stowed wet for example. Possible hairline crack as well? Pilot contacted manufacturer. These carabiners are used on the Tenax hang glider harnesses; in fact this specific one was the replacement one following the previous recall.

18.04.2019 Male

Age:
29
Bo-Peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot flew too slow on his landing approach. The glider stalled and dropped the left wing. The pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28.03.2019 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP
Defford Croft airfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX3.5

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot had low level weak link break during an aerotow and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

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Last updated: 28 October 2021

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