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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 378 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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

30.08.2018 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP
Chabre Ridge
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed RX

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was flying along a ridge of trees and was halfway down heading to the cliffs beside a landing field. Turned around to line up landing and did another turn to make sure no overshoot. During the last turn pilot was forced into trees due to posible rotor.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

07.08.2018 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
AP
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Strong Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX3.5 pro

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off into extreme turbulence, possibly caused by a dust devil, and was turned down wind into the hill. Pilot was able to flare hard and prevent significant damage to himself and the glider.

Unhurt
31.07.2018 Male Ringstead
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
ICARO
Laminar

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed cross-wind and slightly banked. Heavy landing broke carbon fibre base bar.

Unhurt
08.07.2018 Male

Age:
24

Rating:
Pilot
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Eagle

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot made emergency landing having aborted a tow due to the release activating prematurely as it caught on the basebar. Pilot made good landing but stubbed toe causing a fracture.

Minor Injuries
23.06.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Strong Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made hurried launch in order to catch thermal upcycle, but failed to check true wind direction and made uncoordinated take-off with insufficient speed. Glider turned in towards side of hill sharply. Pilot applied full control weight shift to avoid collision with hill and went on to complete normal flight.

Unhurt
10.06.2018 Male

Age:
49
Swanborough
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Student flew into the slope while attempting to soar. Student was twisting in the harness.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 30 September 2021

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