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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

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.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 2405 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
23.04.2024 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
500 hours
(30 hours)

None,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot reported that their paraglider's aluminium speed system connectors ("Brummel hooks") had corroded significantly and cited coastal flying (sea air) as a factor. This was the environment in which the pilot had carried out the majority of their flying.

Unhurt
23.04.2024 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
4 years
138 hours
(20 hours)

Lords Seat,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Hook 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider was laid out perpendicular to the wind in preparation for launch, and was caught by a gust, hoisting the pilot into the air. The paraglider was blown back into rotor and the pilot landed on their back.

Unhurt
20.04.2024 Male

Age:
67

Flying Experience:
40 years
3000 hours
(6 hours)

King Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Photon

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider experienced an asymmetric collapse in thermic air, leading to a spin and dive before the pilot impacted the ground.

Seriously Injured
14.04.2024 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
2 hours

Devils Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Symphonia 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot landed on a tree in the middle of the slope, tangling the lines and canopy material on the tree.

Unhurt
08.04.2024 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
9 hours
(6 hours)

The Warren,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Sprint 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot flew to the bottom landing area of a coastal site. They overshot the landing area, resulting in a landing on the beach, the glider overflying the pilot and into the sea. They unclipped from the harness and were able to recover the paraglider from the water with assistance.

Unhurt
02.04.2024 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
780 hours
(6 hours)

Hill Farm tow,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Avax XC5

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The pilot was undertaking a series of wingovers and lost control during the exit from the final wingover. The wing dived with a cravat. The pilot deployed their emergency parachute and landed without injury.

Unhurt
02.04.2024 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
63 hours
(6 hours)

Bradwell,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Anakis 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot inadvertently stalled the paraglider in an attempt to reduce their speed over the ground during an unintended downwind landing approach.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

02.04.2024 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
31 years
1700 hours
(7 hours)

Private Beach cliff,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Everest

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched their paraglider from a low cliff and noticed a brake line was twisted around the riser. Whilst the pilot was concentrating on correcting the twist the paraglider turned downwind. The pilot impacted a post, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

01.04.2024 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
3 years
110 hours
(11 hours)

Haresfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot experienced sinking air immediately after take-off and turned towards the hill in an effort to exploit any ridge lift. They snagged a stabilo line on a tree, which resulted in a tree landing, causing damage to the glider.

Unhurt
30.03.2024 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
3 years
50 hours
(8 hours)

Mere Rifle Range,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was attempting a top landing and was positioned too far behind the lift band. They were hit by a gust on touchdown, and dragged into a barbed wire fence.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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