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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
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
Pilot
High and Over
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
777
Rook 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot launched in a light and switching wind and clipped the fence with their foot, causing them to rotate under the paraglider to the extent where the risers twisted. The pilot was able to regain control and slope land.

Unhurt
26.06.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
Pilot
Back of Ecton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sol
Sycross One

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring their paraglider in thermic conditions and experienced a departure from normal flight involving a collapse, before impacting the ground and sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured
19.06.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Moel Berfedd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot


Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
17.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Altes Lager Airfield
Germany

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Dena

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The pilot was aware of fraying speedbar wire in flight. After landing, an inspection revealed that several metal wire strands had broken where the wire stirrup and speedbar line attachment meets the aluminium bar.

Unhurt
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Eyam Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus RS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was soaring in thermic conditions and experienced a large asymmetric collapse close to the hill. The pilot was seen to be making control inputs in an attempt to recover to normal flight, but was unable to recover before impacting the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15.06.2021 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
Pilot
Nant-Y-Moel
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi-Beta 6

Launch Type:
Foot
During a tandem launch the Advance Hybrid hard spreader rotated around its in-built carbon bar and locked in this position when under the load of the pilot and passenger. The pilot landed without incident.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
14.06.2021 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Telegraph Hill
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
X Alps 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot became aware during flight that a hook knife had been left inside the paraglider. The pilot landed without incident. Upon inspection it was found that the hook knife had caused damage to the wing's internal structure.

Unhurt
12.06.2021 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Pilot
Hay Bluff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
During take-off, the pilot's foot caught a line of another paraglider on the ground. The other pilot managed to untangle the line and the launch was then able to proceed.

Unhurt
12.06.2021 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
AP
Brecon Beacons
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse having encountered sever turbulence. Due to low altitude pilot deployed emergency parachute. Pilot landed on hillside without injury.

Unhurt
09.06.2021 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Pilot
Milk Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was seen to induce a spin at between 50 to 100ft above takeoff. The pilot then made a subsequent control input, stalling the glider to the ground.

Seriously Injured:
Thoracic Spine

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Last updated: 30 September 2021

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