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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
18.07.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP
Egerton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Cyclone Airsports
Chaser S

Engine:
Rotax
447

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot landed microlight safely but caught foot on throttle while correcting a turn. Relaxing the pressure caused the course to deviate again, and the resulting attempts to manage both throttle and steering caused an oscillation, which led to the aircraft turning over onto its side. Pilot was able to release seat belt and exit aircraft with no injury.

Unhurt
18.07.2018 Male

Age:
19

Rating:
Novice
Sywell Aerodrome
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
John McIntyre
Airglow

Engine:
Arkwright
175cm 61kg

Launch Type:
Powered
During human power competition pilot overshot the landing area having miscalculated the distance required to stop the aircraft. Aircraft side wire caught a runway light causing some damage to the aircraft.

Unhurt
14.07.2018 Male

Age:
18
South Cerney
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Other

Wing:

Launch Type:
Whilst learning PLF student vigorously threw himself to the floor landing heavily on right shoulder.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

05.05.2018 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Pilot parascending tow
South Cerney
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Eiffe
Classic

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot allowed glider to overfly him on tow launch and was dragged onto shoulder. Tow was aborted by driver.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

03.09.2017 Female

Age:
13

Rating:
Trainee
Barton Airfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Waterbird
Mistral

Launch Type:
Pilot became detached from tow line as drogue chute failed in strengthening wind. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
02.06.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
None
Fly Sussex Shop
United Kingdom
Other

Wing:

Launch Type:
Student had epileptic seizure while waiting to go out training.

Minor Injuries
19.09.2015 Female

Rating:
Trainee
City Airport & Heliport Manchester
United Kingdom
Other

Wing:
Waterbird
M

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
At some point between a first and second flight one of the harness connectors had become detached. On laughing the pilot went off to one side and the launch was aborted. Pilot landed heavily from 3m.

Minor Injuries:
Thoracic Spine

24.07.2013 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Pilot
Sywell Aerodrome
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Other

Wing:
Airglow
Human Powered

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launch aircraft but it went off line despite rudder input from pilot. Aircraft struck parked light aircraft but no damage caused. Slight damage to Airglow craft.

Unhurt
13.07.2013 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP
Chetwynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Other

Wing:
Harley
280E

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot began landing flare too high and glider stalled dumping pilot on his back.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

13.07.2013 Male

Age:
36
North Luffenham Airfield
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Other

Wing:
Ascent International
Waterbird

Launch Type:
One of the ground crew was knocked over unconscious as the canopy came up off the ground.

Minor Injuries
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Last updated: 30 September 2021

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