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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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There are 374 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
14.07.2002 Female

Age:
38

Rating:
Club Pilot
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
La Mouette Topless

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Inexperienced pilot misjudged landing approach, narrowly avoided collision with parked cars. Bent upright and heart bolt.

None
14.07.2002 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
Pilot
Metfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Java 155

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
Whilst releasing from a tow launch the tow release pin penetrated the pilots gloveless finger - the pilot had his hand in a position in front of the release which he operated with his palm.

Deep cut to the finger,
13.07.2002 North Luffenham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Sportlite
396

Launch Type:
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Pilot was nable to complete the final turn into wind during the landing approach due to insufficient height - landed cross wind falling onto the passenger.

Bruise.
10.07.2002 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Merthyr
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Solar Wings
Rumour 1

Launch Type:
Inexperienced pilot was inadvertently turned by turbulent air whilst ridge soaring. With insufficient airspeed the pilot was unable to correct the turn which resulted in a collision with the hill.

Soft tissue- Facial, Bruised hand & Ribs, Concussion, Unconscious for approx 5 min, Air helicopter to Myrtha hospital
07.07.2002 Tailbridge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30

Conditions:
Gusts
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Non member attempted 360 degree turn following launch - insufficient height resulted in him impacting the hill.

24.06.2002 Female

Age:
38

Rating:
Club Pilot
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
La Mouette Topless

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Pilot attempting to top land in strong conditions struggled to turn the glider into wind whilst on the downwind leg. She tried apply more force by putting her feet onto the bottom bar, before returning to prone. She impacted the ground i the final turn.

23.06.2002 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Club Pilot
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Magic : Kiss

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Whilst attempting to top land in gusty conditions the pilot flew the downwind leg with insufficient airspeed. This resulted in him having difficulty turning back into wind. The pilot landed cross wind on a road behind the landing area.

Unconscious > 1Hr/ Face helicopter to Shrewsbury Royal Hospital, Head & Neck
23.06.2002 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
Pilot
Kimmeridge
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Magic 4

Launch Type:
During daily inspection the pilot discovered the nut attaching the cross tube to the leading edge was loose with the thread well worn.

23.06.2002 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Club Pilot
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Variable
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Ventura

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
During tow launch the pilot heard a thud followed by the glider pitching nose down. The pilot couldnt find his reserve parachute handle and impacted the ground heavily. He then discovered that his parachute had accidentally deployed during the launch.

Bruised left leg and back; to casualty at Cottage hospital- Buxton
23.06.2002 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
Club Pilot
Woolacombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Xtralite

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
No details.

Concussion, bruises, cut lip & tongue and chipped tooth
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Last updated: 25 February 2021

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