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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
06.08.2014 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP
Chabre south
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2c

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to launch from a ramp in possible tail/side wind. Glider did not gain sufficient airspeed and subsequently stalled, hitting the hill to the side of the ramp.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.07.2014 Male

Age:
66

Rating:
CP
Bell Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airborne
Sting 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot broke both uprights on landing.

Unhurt
27.07.2014 Male

Age:
48
Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Rio 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was too high for landing approach having failed to execute simple turns during flight. Student landed crosswind in hedge and failed to let go of the uprights.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

23.07.2014 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
Pilot
Bo-Peep, E Firle, Sussex
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Strong Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airborne
C4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot overshot top landing and attempted to regain height but without success. Pilot made approach for bottom landing but with insufficient airspeed. wing was lifted by thermal and turned glider. Pilot got wings level but too low and landed heavily with speed. Glider nosed in.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

14.07.2014 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Mendlesham tow field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Discus 15

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
6-8mph 45% cross wind landing, gust/thermal on touchdown, got turned downwind and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

05.07.2014 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Pilot
Woolacombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon 3 Tandem

Launch Type:
Foot
As wheels prepared to touch down on bottom landing, slight weight shift from passenger and pilot caused one wheel to touch on longer grass. Base bar caught thicker grass and instead of the wheels rolling glider suddenly stopped and nosed into ground.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

Passenger
Minor Injuries
23.03.2014 Male

Rating:
Pilot
Devil's Dyke

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Strong Turbulence
Thundery
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airborne
Sting 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot caught hand on rear wires and failed to grasp upright resulting in pilot losing control in strengthening winds and entered steep turn. Pilot crashed and ended up on top of his glider.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
16.03.2014 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
None. Training - post EPC
Perran Sands
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
Student could not get glider turned into wind on final approach and crashed downwind into a caravan.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

04.03.2014 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
AP
Valle de Bravo
Mexico

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong
Strong Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Cheetah Evo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot crashed into hedge having ran out of landing options attempting to maximise distance in a competition. Pilot had assumed he would reach lift coming from a ridge but the lift was too violent to utilise.

Seriously Injured
01.03.2014 Male

Age:
24

Rating:
Pilot hill,tow,aerotow,power and air experience instructor dual aerotow
Sywell Aerodrome
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills wings
Talon 150

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
While undergoing a trolly launch the glider wheel became caught on the trolly. The glider slewed off to one side and crashed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

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Last updated: 7 March 2021

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