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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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There are 377 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
17.03.2002 Male Horse Leys Farm
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Magic Iv Fr

Launch Type:
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Pilot being towed behind land rover usng climbing rope with no weak link or release at either end. Glider drifted off course and impacted the ground.

FR ribs, punctured lung, concussion, DL shoulder.
17.03.2002 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
Club Pilot
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Calypso

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
At 120ft during tow launch the pilot released the line completely from his chest release. He then pushed out causing the glider to stall. During the stall the glider turned out of wind, at 20 ft the pilot stalled the glider again impacting the ground.

Light bruising
31.01.2002 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Club Pilot
Stanage Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Hi Way
Vision 5

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Pilot flew too far behind rocky cliff edge, he lost altitude and crashed amongst the rocks.

Three fractured vertebrae Fr (R) arm Fr (R) elbow Cut lip/bruising.
18.01.2002 Male

Age:
36
Soo (Lanzarotte)
Spain

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Off Piste
Discovery

Launch Type:
Student flew downwind and crashed into the top of the mountain following several successful soaring beats.

Fr (R) foot.
22.12.2001 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
Club Pilot
Nora Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
24-32 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Xtra Lite 147

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Pilot attempted to extend a cross country flight with the result that he had limited landing options. Landed in the rotor behind a tor, and was also blinded by the low sun.

Possible Fr ribs, aggravated previous HG head injury, minor bruises.
17.11.2001 Treak Cliff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Vision 5 Large

Launch Type:
Student misjuddged his landing appraoch and overshot into a wall.

FR ankle.
05.11.2001 Female

Age:
26
Bedlinog
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Hi Way
Stubby

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Student pulled the bar in during take - off run but then didnt allow the glider to return to trim during flight. She continued to fly too fast and failed to round out during landing approach, this resulted in a heavy landing.

Winded and bruised.
28.10.2001 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Tap O Noth
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Exxtacy
Large

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Flying suit material caught in the harness zip after launch the piulot struggled to undo the zip. Was unable to burst the velcro.

10.09.2001 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Plaine Joux
France

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Amour

Launch Type:
Batten trapped under the mylar leading edge caused severe turn in flight, pilot didnt realise until hed landed.

26.08.2001 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Club Pilot
Aspre - Sunbeuch
France

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Gusts
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Stealth

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Following take off the glider began to oscillate in roll / yaw - the pilot was unable to control these oscillations which increased in severity until the glider impacted the ridge.

Multiple fractures of arms and legs.
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Last updated: 10 May 2021

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