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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

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.

The BHPA incident reports database is fully searchable. To refine your search you can specify a particular wing type and select "or" or "and". For example, if you want to search for paraglider incidents at Hay Bluff, for best search results select paraglider from the drop down list and the "and" option.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 406 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
05.09.2019 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
47 years
1000 hours
(8 hours)

Westbury White Horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2

Launch Type:
Foot
While test flying a glider the pilot found himself in a right hand turn. The pilot could not counter the turn and circled into the hillside. Pilot suspects he may have been flying too slow due to unfamiliarity with the glider.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

26.08.2019 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
20 years
220 hours
(16 hours)

Col d'Ares,
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo 3

Launch Type:
Foot
During comp, pilot left turn point low leaving no safe landing options. Pilot went for small field with intention of using drag chute to help. Pilot accidentally pulled emergency chute rather than drag chute forcing him to deal with this to avoid power lines, while attempting the landing. Drag deployed successfully but when at 1m above, the main chute deployed causing sudden stop. Glider sustained a bent upright.

Unhurt
17.08.2019 Male

Age:
70

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
48 years
900 hours
(20 hours)

Aberavon Dunes,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to take off in breezy conditions on dunes but was immediately turned causing a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.07.2019 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
27 years
15 hours
(4 hours)

Woolacombe,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made excessive flare on landing in breezy conditions. Glider rose up then fell to the ground with pilot still holding the uprights.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.05.2019

Sutton Meadows,
UK
Flexwing Hang Glider Pilot observed rust on inside of Austrialpin carabiner. Harness never been wet other than through general use; never stowed wet for example. Possible hairline crack as well? Pilot contacted manufacturer. These carabiners are used on the Tenax hang glider harnesses; in fact this specific one was the replacement one following the previous recall.

18.04.2019 Male

Age:
29

Flying Experience:
7 years

Bo-Peep,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot flew too slow on his landing approach. The glider stalled and dropped the left wing. The pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28.03.2019 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
41 years
1000 hours

Defford Croft airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX3.5

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot had low level weak link break during an aerotow and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Head Injuries

25.03.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
26 years

Llangollen,
UK

Wind Strength:
35-40 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot returning to the sport after 10 year lay off. Pilot made rushed launch but was able to get off and flew for 10-15 mins. Pilot made safe landing but was then ground looped breaking an upright.

Unhurt
22.02.2019 Male

Age:
22

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
2 hours
(1 hours)

Macher,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot stalled the glider while ridge soaring, lost control of the glider and impacted the side of the hill. Pilot sustained minor bruising and scratches on left arm, glider was unharmed.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

04.11.2018 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
40 years
631 hours
(31 hours)

Beachy Head,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot avoided usual top landing area due to paraglider activity. Pilot ended up downwind of a bank on approach and was caught by low level turbulence. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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