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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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
21.05.2019 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Pilot
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 10

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had wing above head prior to launch. Wind gust forced pilot off-balance causing him to impact a fence.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

20.05.2019 Female

Age:
58
Grahla Bay
Portugal

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Infinity 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student inflated glider in the smooth sea breeze in a straight and balanced reverse position. She was instructed to turn and go, but she stumbled and tripped over sideways. Putting her hand down to brake her fall, the glider turned towards the hillside pulling her over a bush and coming to rest on her back on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

16.05.2019 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
CP
Whitewool
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged the strength of the venturi on the ridge. Pull up and control was OK but immediately lifted off and started to get blown back. Pilot landed safely initially but lost control of the wing in another strong gust and got blown back into hedges.

Minor Injuries
15.05.2019 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P
Whernside
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by a sudden very strong gust whilst set up to launch, but had parked brakes to sort out twist in lines at carabiners. Pilot was dragged at speed into and over drystone wall, helmet taking full impact.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

15.05.2019 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP
Cairn o'mount
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Geronimo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot initiated 360 degree turns to lose height on landing. On second turn the glider suffered an asymmetric collapse at approx 30m above the ground. The pilot did not react quickly enough and the glider collapsed fully. The wing partially recovered but the pilot landed heavily from approx 10m.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

13.05.2019 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Mam Tor Derbyshire
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Elan

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot performed a low 360 into rotor behind hilltop, heavy landing, right hand hitting ground with force.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

12.05.2019 Male

Age:
55
Heol Senni
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was flying close to the hill and despite being instructed to turn away, collided with the hill and was unable to run off the speed. Student stated he was in two minds whether to attempt a top landing.

Pilot
Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

Passenger
:
Feet, Legs

12.05.2019 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Pilot
Blorenge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Arak

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to top land in apparent light winds. Pilot was unable to run off landing speed despite a full flare. Pilot fell over on landing.

Seriously Injured
06.05.2019 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Lulworth Cove
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Whilst soaring on the coast pilot flew into rotor having not noticed a change in the wind direction. The glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and the pilot landed heavily, colliding with a wire fence.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

06.05.2019 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP
Coast Run
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Omega 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was on a Coastal Soaring Run and did not realise the wind had switched. The pilot was low at the time and landed downwind on rocks.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 28 October 2021

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