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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
20.04.2002 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot
Steyning
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Gusts
Paraglider

Wing:
Trekking
Dynasty

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Flying in turbulent conditions encountered sinking air as he turned away from the ridge. This resulted in him sinking below the ridge and approaching a tree, the pilots attemps to turn away from the tree were too late.

19.04.2002 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
Advanced Pilot
Olivers Castle
United Kingdom

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Mistral

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot became lost during xc flight. Helipcopter approached and circled him. Pilot landed and was met by military police who cautioned him.

17.04.2002 Male

Age:
25

Rating:
Club Pilot
Kimmeridge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Firebird
Ignition

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Inexperienced pilot attempted 360 degree turn with insufficient height - impacted the hill.

FR both wrists, possible L ankle, bruising etc to face, concussion.
15.04.2002 Male

Age:
41
Ruddlers West
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Variable
Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Prima

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Following a successful forward inflation the right control was applied for no apparent reason causing the canopy to bank and pull the pilot over.

FR elbow
14.04.2002 Male

Age:
23
North Luffenham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
8-16 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Harley
Paramount 9/ 288

Launch Type:
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Towing. Land Rover jumped out of gear during tow launch. Ram air parachute descended rapidly from 150ft. Pilot failed to flare and landed on coccyx.

Bruised Coccyx
08.04.2002 Himachal Pradesh
India
Paraglider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Pilot lost in Himilayas.

MIssing, presumed fatally injured.
05.04.2002 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Club Pilot
Pena Rubia
Spain

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Sapphire

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
No details BOI convened.

Fatal.
04.04.2002 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
Club Pilot
Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Firebird
Ignition

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Whilst performing a reverse launch the pilot became airborne during his turn - he flew the canopy forward. At 15ft the canopy suffered an asymmetric collapse and turned into the hillside, the pilot had insufficient time to correct this.

Fr tibia, dl right ankle.
30.03.2002 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
Pilot
Mere
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Variable
Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Futura

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Pilot discovered a 15 inch tear in the canopy whilst building a wall. He has no idea what caused this tear.

30.03.2002 Male

Age:
38
Holme Next The Sea Sssi
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Xact 25

Launch Type:
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Attempting to tow a paraglider behind a car the canopy locked out and the canopy was pulled into the beach severely injuring the pilot.

Fractures to: R knee, 3 or 4 Lumbar vertebrae (compression) Internal injuries.
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Last updated: 26 July 2021

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