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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Incident reports for flexwing hang glider wings are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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

21.03.2018 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
AP
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
On release at 2000' at the top of the aerotow the pilot's barrel release string wrapped around itself and knotted, causing itself, and hence the pilot, to remain connected from one side of the harness to the standard metal ring on the end of the tow line. Pilot was able to force a weak link break and landed safely.

Unhurt
11.03.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP
Parlick Pike (East)
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed short in field adjacent to landing field but was also slightly crosswind. Left hand side of control frame struck the ground first causing the pilot to swing through.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

11.03.2018 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
CP
Parlick East, Lancashire
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach and was short of official landing field. In attempting to reach an adjacent field the pilot accidentally stalled the glider due to the wind gradient.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

03.12.2017 Male

Age:
20

Rating:
CP
Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Caypso

Launch Type:
Foot
Hang glider pilot had mid-air collision with paraglider pilot while ridge soaring in busy conditions.

Unhurt
08.10.2017 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP
Croft farm
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
LS3

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot got out of shape on the tow and released from the tow line at about 100 ft agl. Attempted to return to the airstrip but had insufficient height to complete the turn and impacted the ground.

Minor Injuries
03.10.2017 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
AP
St Agnes
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
35-40 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airbourne
Fun

Launch Type:
Foot
On landing glider entered dead air and despite having excess airspeed in preparation for expected wind shear resulted in wheeled landing. passenger now behind pilot in normal standup landing position knocked pilot on back of helmet with his own helmet on landing resulting in pilot knocking nose on basebar.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

Passenger
Unhurt
18.09.2017 Male

Age:
54
Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon

Launch Type:
Foot
Student turned 270 degrees on final approach instead of 180 and landed in trees.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 10 May 2021

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