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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 2346 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
11.08.2020 Male

Rating:
Unqualified



No site,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
U Turn
Secure 3 - EP front container
The pilot was unable to make a test deployment without applying significant force to the handle. The pilots considered that the hook and loop used to secure the deployment handle covered a large area, making the handle difficult to tear off.

Unhurt
08.08.2020 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
P



Mercury,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mantra 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot's wing was initially seen on the edge of a stall with the pilot making control inputs. The pilot impacted the ground and was evacuated to hospital.

Seriously Injured
07.08.2020 Male

Age:
72

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
47 years
(10 hours)

Parlick,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Peak 4

Launch Type:
Foot
No details available

Unhurt
03.08.2020 Age:
37

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
9 hours

Baba Dag,
Turkey
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 5
The wind direction changed during acceleration phase of the pilot's launch. The pilot was unable to stop the take-off run and collided with a low wall below the launch area.

Seriously Injured
23.07.2020 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
482 hours
(27 hours)

Thurnham,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Aspen 2 Freestyle

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot made a slope landing touch down but was then hoisted back into the air in thermic conditions. the wing suffered a large asymmetric collapse and the pilot impacted the ground.

Seriously Injured
22.07.2020 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
10 hours
(10 hours)

Woolacombe,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Ion 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was on a soaring beat that had a downwind element as the wind direction had changed. The pilot lost height and was unable to run off the speed as he hit the ground.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

20.07.2020 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
6 hours
(2 hours)

Devils Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Makalu 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot clipped the wing of another thermalling paraglider pilot, causing entanglement with the other's rear lines. They separated and landed.

Unhurt
19.07.2020 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
23 hours
(6 hours)

Mam Tor NW,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sol
Atmus 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot attempted a low turn into wind on landing approach and stalled the paraglider, resulting in a hard landing.

Minor Injuries
19.07.2020 Female

Age:
47

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
10 years
478 hours
(8 hours)

Carlton Bank,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider pilot was preparing to launch when a gust came through. The pilot lost control of the paraglider which collided with a hang glider that was preparing to launch, causing damage to the hang glider.

Unhurt
12.07.2020 Female

Age:
26

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years
200 hours
(19 hours)

Forclaz,
France

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong,
Strong Turbulence,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Rise 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying close to the terrain when she flew into a lee side thermal, which caused an asymmetric collapse. There followed a cascade of departures from normal flight, leading to the pilot landing in a tree.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 29 November 2023

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