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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 paraglider wings are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
24.07.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Mount Caburn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Explorer

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot made a landing approach in the bottom landing area. They dropped fast from around 10ft above the ground and landed heavily, causing injury. They suspected they had slowed the glider to the point of stall, although there were no witnesses to confirm this.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.07.2021 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
Pilot
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered sinking air as the wind had changed to be across the hill. The pilot was unable to turn away from the hill in time and landed hard, incurring minor injuries.

Minor Injuries
19.07.2021 Male

Rating:
AP
Mt Caburn
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
N/A
N/A

Launch Type:
Upon inspection by the pilot it was discovered that the airbag material of the harness had stuck to itself, compromising its inflating function. The material was prised apart by the pilot. It was noted that the ambient temperature was high and this may have affected the material.

17.07.2021 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot misjudged their landing approach and collided with a tree.

Minor Injuries
17.07.2021 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
CP
Blaenavon
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot elected to make a slope landing and made a fast approach. They rolled on touch-down, causing injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

30.06.2021 Male

Rating:
Pilot
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in light conditions and encountered an area of lift, in which they applied the controls. The wing was seen to drop back then pitched forward asymmetrically, before experiencing a full frontal collapse. The pilot was too low to recover to normal flight and impacted the ground.

Seriously Injured
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP
Holme Moss
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 6 light

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider in thermic conditions, leading to a spin and collision with the hillside.

Minor Injuries
19.06.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Moel Berfedd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot


Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
17.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Altes Lager Airfield
Germany

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Dena

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The pilot was aware of fraying speedbar wire in flight. After landing, an inspection revealed that several metal wire strands had broken where the wire stirrup and speedbar line attachment meets the aluminium bar.

Unhurt
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Eyam Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus RS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring in thermic conditions and experienced a large asymmetric collapse close to the hill. The pilot was seen to be making control inputs in an attempt to recover to normal flight, but was unable to recover before impacting the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 28 July 2021

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