Paraglider

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
25.08.2019 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
CP
Alkus
Austria

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Alpha
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off but once clear of the trees was immediately hit by the valley wind blowing at 90 degrees to take-off. Pilot was blown sideways and attempted to turn with the wind to avoid the trees. Unfortunately a wing tip caught on a pine tree resulting in the pilot swinging into the tree.

Unhurt
23.08.2019 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP
Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
ION 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered a stall on approach to top land in breezy conditions. Pilot suspects encountering unusual gust while on the brakes caused stall. Pilot considered it a poor decision to land where he did.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21.08.2019 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P
Milk Hill White horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Tandem pilot suffered symmetric collapse at 20m but both pilot and passenger landed gently on feet. Pilot and passenger were then dragged until pilot regained control.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
20.08.2019 Male

Age:
67

Rating:
Pilot
Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered turbulence while ridge soaring, probably due to leeside rotor coming over a spur, and landed heavily.

Unhurt
20.08.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Woolacombe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Peak 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and rotation when entering rough thermal at low level. Pilot struck ground as glider rotated. Pilot suspects being in the lee of higher ground was responsible for turbulence.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

14.08.2019 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
AP
Pena Negra
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Maestro

Launch Type:
As speed bar was applied the webbing of the mechanism which pulls the B riser down broke. Pilot released the speed bar and continued the flight without using it further.

Unhurt
13.08.2019 Male

Age:
25

Rating:
Pilot
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider

Wing:
777
Queen 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot thermalled up in 'blue hole' thermal above the height of cloud base. Cloud then formed around pilot who tried to escape by flying downwind. The cloud became turbulent and the pilot attempted to spiral out of the cloud but without success. Pilot deployed parachute but maintained height within the cloud until eventually sinking out and landing in a tree. Pilot was rescued from the tree safely.

Unhurt
08.08.2019 Male

Age:
27

Rating:
Pilot
Ballard
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Cure

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was attempting acro manoeuvres while coastal soaring and fell into left side riser, splitting the B's and C's. Pilot deployed parachute and landed in shoreline unhurt.

Unhurt
08.08.2019 Female

Rating:
AP
Golden Ball
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered another pilot who was flying aggressively, erratically and close to other pilots.

Unhurt
04.08.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Eype
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
BiBeta 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was approaching to land at coastal site when increased wind meant limited space to veer from chosen landing approach. As the pilot flared to land the bottom of the passenger harness struck the head of a person standing in the field.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
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Last updated: 30 September 2021

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