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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 378 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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

11.01.2014 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
AP
Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was too low and too far back on approach to top landing. Pilot avoided a parked glider on the ground and got glider into wind then hit the ground. Pilot let go and swung through the A frame and was hit in the back by the nose of the glider. 'Angle of dangle' rope had snapped due to wear.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

09.11.2013 Female

Age:
53

Rating:
AP
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Falcon 3

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot released the leader rope from the keel but the rope caught on the tow rope ring and became knotted. Weak link broke and pilot was able to continue the flight.

Unhurt
09.10.2013 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Pilot
Woolacombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Foot
While testing the air the pilot unknowingly became close enough to a naval helicopter to experience turbulence from the rotors. The situation was discussed at club level and later at a meeting with the local squadron.

Unhurt
01.09.2013 Male

Age:
26
Muggery
United Kingdom

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

Wing:
Airbourne
Fun

Launch Type:
Foot
Student hung onto top of control frame pulling glider down onto wheels and his knees.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.08.2013 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Pilot
Monk's Down
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airbourne
Sting

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot miscalculated wind and landed in tailwind on glider wheels. Grazed knees due to wearing shorts.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

10.08.2013 Male

Age:
32

Rating:
Pilot
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
T2C

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot overcorrected final turn and set up oscillation he could not correct before landing Pilot landed heavily on the base bar.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

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Last updated: 24 September 2021

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