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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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There are 2134 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
12.04.2009 Female

Age:
48

Rating:
Pilot
Nant-y-Moel
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-27 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Kiss

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilots suffered mid-air collision while ridge soaring at low level. One pilot sustained minor leg injury, the other, significant glider damage.

Pulled calf muscle
05.04.2009 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
Pilot
North Luffenham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
12-19 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 5

Launch Type:
Winch Tow
tape loop on 3 ring circus had become larks footed around tow ring and would not release. Winch cut line and pilot managed to undo larks foot and release. Able to replicate if slack allowed in system. Pilot changed tow release.

none
05.04.2009 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
Pilot
Tal-y-Bont
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
12-19 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mamboo

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on hill side while ridge soaring. Glider turned into hill.

Bruising to lower back
02.04.2009 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
Pilot

Bulgaria
Paraglider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Under investigation.

Fatal.
24.03.2009 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Montellano
Spain

Wind Strength:
12-19 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Sol
Ellus 2

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot launched aware of rain clouds in near distance. On launching was lifted 50-70ft by gust and was unable to penetrate using bar and ears. Prepared for inevitable rotor landing and carried out plf falling from 20-25ft.

Fr heel
22.03.2009 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Under training
The Terrace
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
12-19 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Merlin

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Student collided with ridge while ridge soaring.

Fr L1 vertebra
22.03.2009 Male

Age:
25

Rating:
Pilot
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
28-34 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Stratus 7 GS

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot suffered large asymmetric collapse at low level on windy, turbulent day. Collapse turned into cascade and pilot deployed emergency chute. Chute opened just prior to impact and absorbed some of the impact energy.

bruised pelvis
22.03.2009 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
Pilot
Batcombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
28-34 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Cobra M

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while on approach to top land in windy and turbulent conditions. Glider entered spiral and pilot impacted heavily.

Fr L3 and T12 vertebrae
21.03.2009 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
Pilot
White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
12-19 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
While ridge soaring pilot applied speed bar when the upper pulley on riser failed rendering speed bar inoperable.

none
21.03.2009 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Pilot
Liddington
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-27 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level while facing away from the hill. Glider turned 180 degrees during recovery and pilot impacted hill.

Sprained ankle
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Last updated: 25 October 2021

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