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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

Incident reports for other wings are displayed below in summary form.

The BHPA incident reports database is fully searchable. To refine your search you can specify a particular wing type and select "or" or "and". For example, if you want to search for paraglider incidents at Hay Bluff, for best search results select paraglider from the drop down list and the "and" option.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 25 entries for other wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
22.03.2024

N/A: repacking,
UK
Other

Wing:
Sol
Squad Light 57 Bi Emergency Parachute
During a routine repack of the emergency parachute the lines did not cleanly separate. A test inflation was slow, the lines appearing to be tangled (which they were not). The repacker reported that a subsequent test inflation came out cleanly.

Unhurt
17.11.2023 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
31 years
545 hours
(60 hours)

Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Aeros
NiNE (SSDR)

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Polini,
303
The pilot was undertaking a flight on this single seat flexwing microlight aircraft. Failure of the nyloc nut and bolt that secures the base bar’s rear control wires to the wing keel tube caused the wires to detach during flight. Despite the potential for aerodynamic instability, the pilot landed the aircraft successfully but the wing and propeller were badly damaged in the process. The manufacturer has issued replacement bolts and replaced the nyloc nut with a castellated nut and cotter pin. Pilots are to specifically check this fitting during their pre-flight checks to prevent a recurrence. The AAIB report for this aircraft contains further details.

Unhurt
08.09.2023 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
NPPL microlight. BHPA Club Pilot + hill, power rating, senior coach, microlight permit.

Flying Experience:
36 years
325 hours
(7 hours)

Take off from Rossall Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
BIERINX J AND DUGOURD M
POU DU CIEL - BIFLY

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Rotax,
447
Pilot suffered engine out on approach and had to make an emergency landing in alternative field. 30cm grass caught on wheels causing the aircraft to flip upside down.

Pilot:
Minor Injuries
Pelvis

Passenger:
Pelvis

16.09.2022

N/A,
UK
Other During repack, licensed packer noticed that the bridle had been removed from the parachute. The lines were connected directly to a maillon rapide. Problem had not been picked up on two previous repacks.

26.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
46 years
650 hours
(20 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK

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:
P

Flying Experience:
46 years
650 hours
(20 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK
Other

Wing:
Unknown
Hang Glider launch trolley
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:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
1000 hours
(30 hours)

Abingdon Airfield,
UK

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

Flying Experience:
6 years

Abingdon Army Base,
UK

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

Flying Experience:
15 years
194 hours

None,
UK
Other

Wing:
High Aventure
Beamer Emergency Parachute
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

Flying Experience:
5 years

Beddingham,
UK
Other Student was walking up the training hill and twisted her ankle

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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