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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
06.10.2002 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
Club Pilot
Harting Down
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Glider stalled through wind gradient as pilot made landing approach too close to a line of trees.

NONE
29.09.2002 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot
Rushup Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Stealth *Pl

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Glider had uncontrollable right turn - only discovered after launch - pilot impacted the hill. Glider had been crashed on previous flight - no damage discovered.

CONCUSSION, LACERATED KNEE
24.09.2002 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Die

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Magic 3

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Pilot attempting to launch in light wind conditions did not generate sufficient airspeed during take-off run. Witnesses said nose was too high. Glider stalled and fell over 40ft cliff edge into trees.

20.09.2002 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
Club Pilot

Unknown
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
During hang check the noseman noticed that the pilots harness shoulder rope was frayed. It appeared that the rope had been overstitched causing the cord to melt.

19.09.2002 Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Kiss

Launch Type:
Pilot was seen to misjudge his landing approach and land heavily on a road.

Unconscious, Ambulance called, Dr on Scene
15.09.2002 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Club Pilot
Annecy
France

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Pulse, Mkii

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)


NONE
13.09.2002 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
Club Pilot
Mercury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
32-40 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Solar Wings
Rumour 1

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Inexperienced pilot misjudged landing approach - touched ground but then wing became airborne again - eventually landed heavily at front of ridsge.

28.08.2002 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot
Col Dela Forclaz
France

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Solar Wings
Typhoon S4

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Paraglider pilot attempted to launch whilst a hang glider was stood waiting to launch at the one and only TO spot. The PG pilot failed to control his canopy which then dragged him into the HG.

25.08.2002 Male

Age:
39
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Mars Illaro

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
As the glider approached the ground following a low hop the student pulled in the control frame causing the glider to dive into the ground.

Fractured Humerous, 1st Aid & to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary
24.08.2002 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Club Pilot
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Reo

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
Whilst tow launching the pilot attempted to correct his track by turning right. However, he did not maintain sufficient airspeed during this attempted turn, causing the left wing to stall. The glider drifted off course and impacted the ground.

Chipped Elbow, bruises to Derbyshire Royal Hospital
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Last updated: 24 September 2021

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