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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 other wings are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Other

Wing:
Flylight
Foxtug

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
The Foxtug was aerotowing a Wills Wing Falcon F3 (tandem). After initial engine warm-up, a take-off was made on full power. The Foxtug's Rotax 582 engine suffered a power loss at around 200ft AGL which recovered and then dropped again. The tandem pilot released when signalled, and landed without further incident.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
08.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom
Other

Wing:
Unknown
Hang Glider launch trolley

Launch Type:
After the final, successful, aerotow launch of the day the launch trolley front left side wheel bracket was discovered to be bent and broken on one side. Subsequent inspection found cracks in three of the four flanges on top of the bottom end of the support struts to which the two front wheels attach.

Unhurt
30.05.2020 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
Pilot
Abingdon Airfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Harley
Harley

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Upon release of the tow line, pilot induced a full stall and spin. During spin the break line snapped. Canopy self recovered. Pilot landed safely into wind using the rear risers.

Unhurt
30.05.2020 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
CP
Abingdon Army Base
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Harley
Harley 288

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The pilot attempted to fly back to launch and was not able to turn into wind to land. He attempted a crosswind landing on tarmac at speed and sustained injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

03.02.2020 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
AP
None
United Kingdom
Other

Wing:
High Aventure
Beamer Emergency Parachute

Launch Type:
During repack session pilot noticed that the control handle sticks had been threaded through the metal rings. They should NOT have been put through the rings but simply inserted into the sleeves.

Unhurt
27.10.2019 Female

Age:
25
Beddingham
United Kingdom
Other

Wing:

Launch Type:
Student was walking up the training hill and twisted her ankle

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12.08.2019 Other

Wing:

Launch Type:
Gin Verso airbag harness was in for routine parachute repack and packer noticed airbag in harness had split along an internal seam therefore allowing air to escape. Packer noted that this was a recurring problem with this type of harness.

06.07.2019 Male

Age:
57
Field opposite Upton Marina
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Other

Wing:
Waterbird
Mistral

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Student did parachute landing fall as is done with round canopy but hurt left shin. Checked by paramedic who was onsite.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

23.06.2019 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Parascending Pilot
Birdwings, South Cerney Airfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Performance Designs
Zero

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
On 13th vehicle tow of the day pilot signalled for release, vehicle slowed but canopy accelerated and felt the tow pressure increase suddenly, line broke just past the release and recoiled into pilot's face.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

10.04.2019
United Kingdom
Other

Wing:
N/a

Launch Type:
A service centre discovered that the bridle on a Gin Gingo Airlite harness had been sewn into the seem of the harness during manufacture. The seam was unpicked and the bridle released, then the seam repaired.

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Last updated: 26 September 2021

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