Paraglider

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 2349 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
17.04.2002 Male

Age:
25

Rating:
CP



Kimmeridge,
UK

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,
UK

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,
UK

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 Pilot lost in Himilayas.

Missing, presumed fatally injured.
05.04.2002 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP



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:
CP



Mam Tor,
UK

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:
P



Mere,
UK

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,
UK

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.
30.03.2002 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
P



Mynyad Meid,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Variable
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Atom

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Following landing the pilot was dragged sideways into a ditch.

Broken right hand- 2 metacarpal bones
29.03.2002 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
CP



Woldham 2,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Carbon

Launch Type:
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Prior to tow launch, as tension came full the line the tow release partially failed resulting in the left bridle coming off with the tow line attached to the right bridle only. The launched was aborted when the pilot had reached 10ft. Landed ok.

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Last updated: 7 December 2023

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