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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 2374 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
17.10.2023 Male

Rating:
P



Hill of Noth,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off with one leg loop undone. Pilot immediately felt the issue but was able to stay in the harness. Pilot flew away from the hill into open air and was able get the buckle made up. The harness has one fixed leg loop and the other is a pass through buckle.

Unhurt
15.10.2023 Male



Combe Gibbet,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot landed safely, but released the brakes too early. A gust of wind inflated the paraglider which then dragged the pilot over a fence behind the top landing area.

Unhurt
14.10.2023 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
30 years
2500 hours
(40 hours)

Frocester,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeno 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Immediately after launching Pilot noticed the outside B line had snapped approx 1m up from the B riser. Pilot was able to land safely using weight shift. Pilot does not not know how line snap occurred.

Unhurt
14.10.2023 Male

Age:
46



Devils dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Single Skin
Pilot was observed attempting a 360 degree turn close to the hill. Glider then started to spin but recovered by the pilot. Subsequent dive induced hard downwind landing.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

13.10.2023

Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Kona 2
Paramotor wing was sent for its first service just after 2 years and 35 flying hours. The porosity measured on the top surface leading edge Dominico 30D material was much lower the expected with readings of 25, 20 and 13 seconds when measuring the porosity using a JDC Porosimeter. The Porsher EasyFly material used for the bottom surface was also measured and received excellent readings over 275 seconds.

13.10.2023 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
31 hours

Billing,
India
Paraglider While on a flight Pilot discovered their magnetic compass was not operating correctly. Magnets in the Advance Cockpit Carry were preventing the compass from working.

08.10.2023 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
3 years
200 hours
(65 hours)

Parlick,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Maestro 2

Launch Type:
Foot
There were 10 pilots on takeoff and 2 had already flown very briefly. There was nothing unusual about the takeoff but within 1 minute it became clear that there was excessive turbulence. Pilot decided to go to the landing field at the bottom of the hill but suffered a full frontal collapse which resulted in a spiral dive into the side of the hill

Seriously Injured,
Cervical Spine

08.10.2023 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
380 hours
(33 hours)

Nanty Moel,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Swift 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered strong sinking air whilst attempting to turn into wind during a top landing approach in moderate thermic conditions. They experienced a large asymmetric collapse close to the ground on final approach but avoided injury as their legs were already lowered for landing.

Unhurt
07.10.2023 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
7 hours
(7 hours)

Eype,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Evora

Launch Type:
Foot
Whilst coastal soaring Pilot lost height so decided to head for the beach landing area. Pilot realised they would not make the landing area so opted to land in the sea rather than land on rocks. Pilot managed to drag equipment ashore.

Unhurt
04.10.2023 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
Pilot Rating

Flying Experience:
8 years
325 hours
(37 hours)

Babadag,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 4

Launch Type:
Foot
In attempting to avoid tandem pilots pilot made fit landing and attempted to run off speed. Pilot suspects they caught foot on pod skirt causing bad landing.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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