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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 374 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
25.02.2015 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP
El Penon
Mexico

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed RX

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off without closing leg loops. Pilot was able to close harness and fly until landing conditions at bottom landing field became mild. Hang position meant pilot could not execute a controlled landing. pilot nosed in but without damage to glider or injury to himself.

Unhurt
17.02.2015 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
Pilot
Devils dyke
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes

Launch Type:
Foot
While flying into wind above the top of the hill and slightly behind a run-down building, the pilot swooped down behind the building, peaking just before the front edge of the building. At this point he turned, clipping the left wing tip on the building which sent him face first into the ground.

Minor Injuries
03.02.2015 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
APC
El Penon
Mexico

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot deployed 'drag chute' which became entangled in unzip string. Drag chute and unzip string were located on the same side of the harness.

Unhurt
28.01.2015 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
CP
Mirador
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Target

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot stalled glider on landing approach.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

24.01.2015 Female

Age:
54

Rating:
CPC HG Pilot PG
St Agnes Head
United Kingdom

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

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2 135

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by heavy wind gradient at 10 feet above ground. Glider dived to gain airspeed resulting in heavy landing. Pilot did not let go of upright quickly enough resulting in injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29.12.2014 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
Pilot
Herne Bay
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Solar Wings
Rumour 1

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to take off in turbulent air and was unable to gain enough airspeed to become properly airborne. Glider became caught on bushes and crashed down a small cliff.

Minor Injuries
20.12.2014 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
Pilot
Perranporth
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Talon

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was too slow on approach causing the glider to drop a wing. Pilot lost control of the glider while attempting to correct the turn. Landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
28.10.2014

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Famara
Spain
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Discuc c

Launch Type:
Foot
While holding the front wires under tension during a pre-flight check, the pilot noticed the rear wire snap at the end of the swage coming out of the keel. The pilot suspects that where the wire comes through the keel there is not enough clearance and no protection for the single wire coming out. While the glider is parked and the wind moves the glider it has slowly cut through the wire.

Unhurt
08.09.2014 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP
Montmin
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
Hang glider pilot had mid-air collision with paraglider pilot while thermalling. Paraglider deployed parachute and landed in trees unhurt. Hang glider pilot was able to land safely.

Unhurt
16.08.2014 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
Pilot


Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
Litespeed LSD

Launch Type:
Pilot rigged and checked glider. While waiting for conditions to improve pilot unzipped keel zip to lubricate the VG. Pilot then completed short top to bottom before realising he had not done up the zip again.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 25 February 2021

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