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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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

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

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
25.09.2021 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
Pilot
Nont Sarah's (Buckstone Edge)
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had near miss with a drone he suspects was being flown by a FPV controller. Pilot was unable to locate drone owner.

Unhurt
18.09.2021 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP
Boviel
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Maestro

Launch Type:
Foot
Control handle failed while pilot was thermalling. Handle failed at the point where the webbing attaches to the swivel. Swivel did not go through the pully and pilot was able to retrieve and knot the handle back as a temporary in-flight fix.

Unhurt
17.09.2021 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
Pilot
Alos, Alpes Maritimes
France

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Rise4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height and available landing space. Pilot attempted to land but stalled one side of the wing resulting in a heavy landing.

Minor Injuries
10.09.2021 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
Pilot
Csolnok
Hungary

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mantra 7

Launch Type:
Foot
While ridge soaring pilot had mid-air with drone that caused damage to lines and cells in the centre of the wing. On colliding with the 25cm drone the glider pitched back and forward but then behaved normally allowing the pilot to top land safely.

Unhurt
29.08.2021 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
CP
Blorenge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
ICARO
Gravis 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot misjudged the wind strength and conditions on approach to land and was too low behind obstacles to glide into the landing field. They landed on an area of road between houses.

Unhurt
27.08.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Pilot
Winter Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot sprained their ankle on an area of uneven ground during a slope landing. The pilot considered that the mountain climbing boots they wore prevented more serious injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

27.08.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP
Lords Seat
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Muse 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was blown back whilst ridge soaring in strong conditions above the spine-back section of the hill. The pilot experienced an asymmetric collapse which reinflated and the pilot landed without further incident.

Unhurt
26.08.2021 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
CP
Llangollen
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in a crosswind which carried them over trees downwind of launch. The pilot sank into the trees when attempting to turn away from them.

Unhurt
11.08.2021 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
CP
Butser South
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 9

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying over trees and misjudged their flight path which resulted in a collision with a tree.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
11.08.2021 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP
Mount Caburn
United Kingdom

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

Wing:
BGD
Adam

Launch Type:
Foot
A recently qualified Club Pilot was on a downwind leg of a flight back towards the hill and noticed the that the number of gliders in the air had considerably increased. To avoid the area perceived to be congested, the pilot turned towards the hill and landed hard on the slope, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 24 October 2021

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