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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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There are 374 entries for flexwing hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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

10.08.2013 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
AP
Ager
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Avian
Evo 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed then noticed his parachute had fallen out of the container. Suspects harness had pulled against the handle which had then become detached by a jolt on landing.

Unhurt
09.08.2013 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Pilot
Woolacombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
La Mouette
Sphinx Bi

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot commenced take off run but one wing dropped and stalled as glider took off. Glider turned and landed in bushes.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

04.08.2013 Male

Age:
36
Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airbourne
Fun

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was flying the glider too slowly and so it did not respond to pilot input. Student landed heavily spraining ankle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

30.06.2013 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
CP
Tehidy Barton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
During tow launch pilot allowed glider to lift off too early. It then started to drift and the pilot did not correct the turn. Winch backed off and glider nosed in. Pilot did not let go resulting in broken arm.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 7 March 2021

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