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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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
28.05.2018 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
P
Dodd Fell (East)
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made approach to impromptu bottom landing field but did not anticipate steep wind gradient. Pilot landed fast causing minor damage to upright and A frame knuckle joint.

Unhurt
20.05.2018 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
P
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot crashed on take-off on winch launch. Pilot called "all out" before wind was fully on anticipating it would straighten but it did not. Also, possibility of thermal turbulence sinking down from above during launch pushing right wing down.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

09.05.2018 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
CP
Teba
Spain

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
On take off pilot started running went to basebar and pulled in without sufficient height to clear takeoff area. Pilot hit a rock which pulled the glider in to the ground.

Minor Injuries
21.04.2018 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP
Rushup
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Fly

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot crashed while ridge soaring, possibly due to turbulence from trees on the site.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 28 February 2021

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