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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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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
13.08.2017 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
U2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot was distracted and allowed nose of glider to drift upwards during winch launch. The glider went up at a high angle and the winch operator guillotined the line. The pilot pulled the bar in but caught an upright on the ground before fully in control, landing heavily.

Minor Injuries
09.07.2017 Male

Rating:
EP day 3
Devils Dyke back field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airbourne
Fun

Launch Type:
Student encountered buoyant air while on short tethered flight. Student climbed uprights instead of pulling in and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

24.05.2017 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Woldingham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills wing
Eagle

Engine:
Wasp
Wasp

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot stalled on take-off.

Pilot
Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

Passenger
Unhurt
10.04.2017 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
Pilot
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX3.5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had not attached nose cone properly causing the glider to become unstable during high speed glide. Glider descended rapidly and impacted heavily bending both uprights.

Unhurt
05.04.2017 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
AP
Fairbourne
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX Pro

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed heavily in area of known rotor.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.10.2016 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Devils dyke
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Seedwings
Space

Launch Type:
Pilot was struggling to attach nose wires. It transpired that the glider had been in a minor crash on landing and the replaced uprights were too long. The uprights were subsequently changed.

Unhurt
15.10.2016 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Milk Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2C

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was flying slowly to maximise lift causing the wing to stall when turning into approach base leg. Glider landed heavily.

Unhurt
02.10.2016 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
AP
Model ridge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Calypso

Launch Type:
Foot
Experienced pilot I chose to test fly the glider for a beginner. On rigging pilot noticed the compression struts were not totally tight but failed to appreciate that with the particular design if loose they could actually detach. The starboard side detached as the glider came under load and was found inside the sail. The resultant turn was unrecoverable and the glider turned and cartwheeled. Pilot chose to keep hold of the uprights rather than take any head impact. This resulted in both broken upper arms.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15.08.2016 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Pilot hg
Mendlesham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong
Strong Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Discus

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow


Unhurt
04.06.2016 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Griefenburg
Austria

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rain, Snow
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
U2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilots of similar weights and on same gliders, took off from same site at the same time on top to bottoms. They arrived at the landing area at the same time but due to switching winds, landed in opposite directions. Pilots avoided a collision by 6m.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 28 July 2021

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