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
01.01.2002 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
CP



Chillerton,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Dragon

Launch Type:
Foot (Reverse)
Whilst performing a 360 degree turn the pilot encountered sinking air resulting in a loss of altitude. The pilot clipped the hillside whilst exiting the turn.

Fractured vertabrae * 2, broken finger nail.
29.12.2001 Male

Age:
18



Hunstanton,
UK

Wind Strength:
+ 48 km/h

Conditions:
Gusts
Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Astra
Instructor attempting to demonstrate hand towing in 30mph wind in front of hill Student held the tow line whilst the Instructr assited another student who was clipped into the harness / canopy. All three were dragged back.

23.12.2001 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
P



Middle Wallop,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Firebird
G Sport

Launch Type:
Vehicle/Boat Tow
No details available

Cut foot.
14.12.2001 Male

Age:
67

Rating:
CP



At Villa In Lanzarote,
Spain
Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Allegra
Pilot bought harness froma chief coach which was subsequently discovered to be in poor condition and unsuitable.

28.11.2001 Male

Age:
37



Paraglider

Wing:
Up
Makalu L
Pilot shortened the lines attached to the speed bar, this caused the speedbar to be applied during weight shift turns as the extra weight on the front of the harness seat would press on the speed bar.

16.11.2001 Male

Age:
39



Shining Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Electron

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
During light wind forward launch pilot appeared to encounter sinking air. The student continued to run, but stepped onto uneven ground resulting in a broken ankle.

Fr tibia and fibula, dl metatarsal.
04.11.2001 Female

Age:
25



Beddingham,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Prima Xix

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
Student forward launched assymetrically which caused her to fall over.

Fr wrist
03.11.2001 Female



Steyning Bowl,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-8 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient

Launch Type:
Foot (Forward)
During an attempted forward launch the canopy inflated slightly off line, the student continued with the launch but soon realised that she was heading for a tree, she applied full brake - the wing overshot and draped itself over a tree.

01.11.2001 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
CP



Various Paraglider

Wing:
Up
Makalu
Pilot adjusted the length of the speedbar to make it easier to use. Noticed that during weight shift turns the speed system was unintentionally being applied causing small collapses.

28.10.2001 Male

Age:
41



Moel Y Cl Mynhad,
UK
Paraglider No details.

Lower back
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Last updated: 7 December 2023

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