Hang Glider

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.

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.

or and

There are 2088 entries for paraglider wings

Displaying page 1 out of 209

[ Next ] - [ Bottom ]

Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
07.05.2021 Male

Age:
76

Rating:
Pilot
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mantra 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot approached to top land at the downwind end of the top landing area, close to a known area of rotor. The paraglider was seen to collapse and descend vertically and the pilot impacted the ground.

Minor Injuries
07.05.2021 Female

Age:
59

Rating:
AP
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 9

Launch Type:
Foot
During a flight made under the support of a Coach, the paraglider's bottom surface was seen to be deformed and the wing was in a continual right turn which the pilot was trying to counter with opposite weightshift. The pilot initiated a right turn towards an emergency landing field and the paraglider was seen to dive. The pilot managed to control the dive and land safely. The Coach believed a knot in the high level (unsheathed) B or C lines went undetected during the pre-flight check.

Unhurt
02.05.2021 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Hook 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of their paraglider whilst ground handling in thermic conditions. The pilot was dragged over the ground and their emergency parachute was released, but did not inflate.

Unhurt
23.04.2021 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
Pilot
Kettle Sings
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot activated the accelerator by pressing the speed bar which failed when the attachment knot to the bar came undone. The pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
23.04.2021 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
Pilot
Wrekin
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Rise 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot set their paraglider up in the lip area of the southeast launch. The pilot started to inflate the wing in the strong conditions. The wing surged and the pilot was lifted and dropped back on the ground whilst attempting to regain control.

Unhurt
18.04.2021 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
Pilot
Llantysilio
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot miss-judged a turn into wind after approaching the hill flying downwind. They collided with the hill in the turn, causing injury.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

17.04.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
Pilot
Talybont
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot dropped out of a thermal on the lee side of the ridge and experienced a large asymmetric tuck that led to a spiral dive and impact with the lee side slope.

Minor Injuries
16.04.2021 Male

Age:
35

Rating:
CP
Bo Peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 9

Launch Type:
Foot
The incident pilot was attempting to ground handle in gusty conditions. The pilot lost control of their paraglider and was dragged and lifted in a gust, leading to a heavy landing and injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14.04.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Long Cliff
United Kingdom

Conditions:
Strong
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring in wind of increasing strength and was unable to penetrate into wind without the speed system applied to its maximum. The pilot lost control of their wing following touchdown on the top of the hill and was dragged before regaining control.

Unhurt
14.04.2021 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
Advanced Pilot
Parlick West
United Kingdom

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

Wing:
Ozone
Swift 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot top landed in a fresh wind and was dragged. They were unable to control the paraglider after touchdown as a plastic buckle on their glove had caught and become entangled with the speed system line.

Unhurt
Go to: Incident Reports (formal investigations)
Go to: Annual Incident Analysis Reports
Last updated: 14 May 2021

Displaying page 1 out of 209

[ Next ] - [ Bottom ]

 

Purchase the BHPA Pilot Handbook Visit the BHPA Pilot Development website Submit an incident report to the BHPA and EHPU

 

The BHPA is a member of the Royal Aero Club The BHPA is a member of the European Hang Gliding & Paragliding Union Drone Safe - Drone Code Subscribe to GASCO Flight Safety, a monthly safety update on all recreational flying safety matters