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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 379 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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.
14.08.2001 Female

Age:
28

Rating:
Club Pilot
Le Grand Montet
France

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Xt 145

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Using the s turn approach method, the pilot misjudged his position and ended up one third of the way down the field with too much height. He then hit some turbulence and was turned, the result being an impact with a telegraph pole.

13.08.2001 Male

Age:
38
Hill Farm
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Gusts
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Hi Way
Stubby 200

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
Student pushed out on the control frame as the glider was hit by a gust, the glider stalled and impacted the ground.

Fractured vertebrae, L3 and L4.
12.08.2001 Male

Age:
38
Col De Forclaz
France

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Calypso

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Pilot attempting to land in an unfamiliar landing field. His downwind leg of the appraoch was too low which meant he had to make a steep/ tight turn into the field. As he made this turn the glider tip stalled and the pilot hit a bush.

Severe contusion chest and upper arm.
12.08.2001 Male

Age:
27

Rating:
Club Pilot
Col De Forclas
France

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Kiss 154

Launch Type:
Foot (Assisted)
Pilot stalled the glider whilst attempting to fly slowly in thermal lift, glider impacted the hill.

Swollen knee.
09.08.2001 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Club Pilot
Hill Farm
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Hi Way
Stubby

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
Student encountered turbulence during tow launch - he attempted to correct the gliders direction but overcontrolled the glider resulting in him now facing downwind. He continued his downwind flight path until he impacted the ground.

FR cervical vertebra * 2.
07.08.2001 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
Club Pilot
Col De La Forclaz
France
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Pulse

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
PG and HG flying toward each other head on. At the last moment the HG turned right to avoid a collision and the PG turned left, HG tumbled and crashed in slope.

Cuts and bruises.
04.08.2001 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
Pilot
St Andre
France

Wind Strength:
32-40 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Java

Launch Type:
A gust caused the glider to lift - the pilot reacted by grabbing the gliders upright and his wife held the leading edge midway along its length. They noticed that the cross tube was badly bent.

31.07.2001 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
Advanced Pilot
St Andre
France

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Combat

Launch Type:
Pilot hit tree during landing approach.

FR femur, concussion and loss of consciousness for more than three days, Fr metacarpel.
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Last updated: 25 October 2021

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