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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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There are 377 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
29.05.2016 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
Pilot
Monk's Down
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
U-2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was too slow and too high on approach to landing. Glider turned on landing and flipped over damaging uprights and tip wand.

Unhurt
17.05.2016 Male

Rating:
Pilot
St Hilaire de Touvet
France

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot made a ramp launch in thermic conditions with a cross wind. During the launch sequence the cross wind lifted the right wing tip causing the glider to turn left back towards the mountainside, where it impacted young trees, causing light damage to the glider.

Unhurt
06.05.2016 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Hang gliding pilot. Tow,aerotow,power.
Airways airsports
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills
U2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
While test flying a hang glider, pilot forgot to release the tow line. After a short circuit flight the pilot landed and noticed the line still attached.

Unhurt
17.04.2016 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Bautek
Fizz

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
One side of glider became caught on the launch trolley during aerotow launch. Glider nosed in. Suspected VB cleat caught on trolley frame.

Unhurt
09.04.2016

Age:
42
Woldingham Valley
United Kingdom
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Hiway
Stubby

Launch Type:
Foot
Student flared too early. As the glider descended the student's arm hit the upright.

Pilot
Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

Passenger
Unhurt
05.04.2016 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP
Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Discus

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of glider while attempting to bottom land in strong thermic conditions.

Minor Injuries:
Thoracic Spine

20.03.2016 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP
Model Ridge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed to fix issue with harness. On relaunching the pilot forgot to do hang check and failed to notice he had not fastened his chest buckles. Pilot was able to fasten then in flight.

Unhurt
13.03.2016 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P
Pandy
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Puma

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was on his 2nd flight on high a performance glider. Light winds in landing field. The pilot misjudged his flare and the glider nosed in. Pilot swung through frame and dislocated shoulder. Minor glider damage

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

17.10.2015 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
AP
Marske
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Combat L

Launch Type:
Foot
Hang glider nose wire person was inexperienced and released glider with a lot of tension on the nose wires. The glider turned immediately downwind despite pilot correcting and hit the ground just behind take off.

Minor Injuries
11.10.2015 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
AP
Mam tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2C

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach having decided to execute right, then left turn to lose height, and stalled glider.

Minor Injuries
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Last updated: 28 July 2021

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