Paraglider

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
31.12.2020 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Firle, East Sussex
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot misjudged the height of trees on a wooded hillside and skimmed a tree top, catching the emergency parachute handle on a tree branch. The emergency parachute deployed into the tree, turning the paraglider towards the tree. The pilot fell to the ground, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured
29.12.2020 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
AP
Whitby
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Tequila 4

Launch Type:
The paraglider pilot activated his accelerator system in flight by pushing the speedbar in the normal manner. The harness end Brummel hooks both snapped in half at the attachment point for the speedbar line. The pilot was able to land without further incident.

Unhurt
29.12.2020 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
Pilot
Bell Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Strong Turbulence
Rain, Snow
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was airborne in deteriorating conditions and lost control of the paraglider after touching down at the top of the hill, colliding with a fence. The paraglider re-inflated, lifting the pilot off the ground, and resulting in a hard landing.

Seriously Injured
08.12.2020 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Portland West
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of the paraglider on launch in gusty conditions and was injured whilst trying to regain control of the wing.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

01.12.2020 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP
Afton
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The low airtime Club Pilot was attempting to land. He lost control of the paraglider upon touchdown in the moderate breeze and was pulled off his feet, colliding with a fence.

Seriously Injured
28.11.2020 Male

Rating:
None
Bulgham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Team 5
Red

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider entered a stall following release of big ears, and the pilot impacted the ground. The paraglider make and model is the subject of a DHV safety notice.

Seriously Injured
27.11.2020 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Pilot
Whitewool
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Takoo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was using Gin spreaders on their tandem paraglider. The spreaders are designed with extra large loops to take Quickout carabiners. During the flight one Quickout moved its position within the webbing loop, causing an involuntary weightshift effect. The pilot landed without further incident.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
22.11.2020 Male

Age:
32

Rating:
Pilot
Pen Dinas
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Redout

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot initiated an aerial manoeuvre and their helmet came away from their head and dropped to the ground. The helmet ("Grimnir" made by Sweet Protection) was inspected and found to have an incorrectly assembled magnetic fastener that could be released by shaking it.

Unhurt
20.11.2020 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP
Creteway
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Dudek
Optic 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider pilot made a misjudged turn towards the hill and made a large control input on the opposite side in order to correct it. The paraglider entered a spin at low level and the pilot crashed into a bush.

Unhurt
09.11.2020 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
Pilot
Parlick
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was practising ground handling. He was unintentionally lifted off the ground and was dragged over the ground after he landed, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 14 May 2021

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