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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
08.06.2013 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
During 'pre-flight' check the pilot noticed the nut had fallen off the bolt that holds the port side upper and lower wires. The nut could mort be found so the pilot could not fly.

Unhurt
26.05.2013 Male Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed S

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot came in for top landing still in prone and on the base bar. Immediately prior to landing the hang glider wing struck the rear of a paraglider pilot who was packing his wing in the landing area. The hang glider crashed and the nose of the glider struck the pilot on the back of his neck.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

19.05.2013 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP
Montmin
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot initiated ramp launch but was holding weight on uprights. Glider stalled off the end of the ramp struck a tree before spinning into smaller trees.

Minor Injuries
12.05.2013 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
AP
Mickfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Talon

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Having rigged and checked his glider quickly the pilot prepared for a winch launch. Immediately prior to launch, while clipped in and ready to go, a sudden increase in wind caused the nose wire catch to fail. The launch was stopped. No reason for the failure was found.

Unhurt
20.04.2013 Male

Age:
28
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon 3

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Having reached the top of the tow line the student found he could not release the line. The line was guillotined by the winch driver and the student followed emergency procedure and landed safely. A loose bolt on the release mechanism was found to be the cause.

Unhurt
24.02.2013 Male Big Fat Repack
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
During repack, parachute deployment handle was found to have pins taped up. Incorrect deployment bag/harness combination.

Unhurt
24.02.2013 Male Big Fat Repack
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
During a repack it was noted that the deployment handle had pins but there was nowhere for the pins on the harness. Parachute very difficult to deploy.

Unhurt
27.10.2012 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
CP
North Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed RS

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made inadequate run on take off in marginal conditions. Glider dropped a wing and rotated back into the hillside before ground looping.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

11.08.2012 Male

Age:
36
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Student allowed glider nose to come up during initial tow and weak link snapped. Glider recovered and dived. Pilot impacted chest first.

Seriously Injured
11.08.2012 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airborne
C2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Shortly after the launch the pilot discovered the second tow line was hooked over the release levers. Glider entered lockout and winch man cut power and line enabling pilot to make recovery and land.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 7 March 2021

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