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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 374 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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

25.03.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP
Llangollen
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
35-40 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot returning to the sport after 10 year lay off. Pilot made rushed launch but was able to get off and flew for 10-15 mins. Pilot made safe landing but was then ground looped breaking an upright.

Unhurt
22.02.2019 Male

Age:
22

Rating:
CP
Macher
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot stalled the glider while ridge soaring, lost control of the glider and impacted the side of the hill. Pilot sustained minor bruising and scratches on left arm, glider was unharmed.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

04.11.2018 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Pilot
Beachy Head
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot avoided usual top landing area due to paraglider activity. Pilot ended up downwind of a bank on approach and was caught by low level turbulence. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

24.09.2018 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
AP
Dungiven west
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Icaro 2000
Laminar 2000

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot successfully deployed drogue, attached to left shoulder strap, for a downslope landing. Pilot found glider impossible to turn and crashed onto a road having flown under telephone lines and over a hedge.

Minor Injuries
31.08.2018 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Pilot (Club Coach)
Defford Croft Farm Airfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Fly 2

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot did not leave sufficient height for his circuit approach and landed heavily just short of the runway.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

Passenger
Minor Injuries:
Cervical Spine

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Last updated: 25 February 2021

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