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 2405 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
21.03.2021 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
55 hours
(5 hours)

Bratton Camp,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying a downwind beat close to the slope in light soaring conditions. The pilot was in a seated position in the harness and their foot caught in a rut as they skimmed the ground, ending the flight and causing injury.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

18.03.2021 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
100 hours

Longridge,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot made a downwind landing in wind that was off the hill, and collided with a rock hidden in the heather.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

09.03.2021 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
400 hours
(30 hours)

Filey,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was inspecting his wing and found the accelerator system Brummell hooks (harness end, both left and right sides) were severely corroded and had fallen apart inside their after-market Brummell hook covers.

Unhurt
04.03.2021 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
230 hours
(30 hours)

Caburn,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Geo 6

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was moving their glider after landing and tripped and fell, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

27.02.2021 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
30 years
250 hours
(10 hours)

Dungavel,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot became aware of a tear in the harness webbing attachment to the carabiner whist in flight. They chose to make a precautionary landing and landed safely.

Unhurt
25.02.2021 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
110 hours
(40 hours)

Coaley Peak,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Summit XC4

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot unintentionally induced a spin when thermalling. This led to a cascade of departures from normal flight from which the pilot was unable to recover and he made a successful deployment of his emergency parachute.

Unhurt
02.01.2021 Male

Age:
24

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years
301 hours
(96 hours)

Winter Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence,
Rain, Snow
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 8

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was aware of deteriorating conditions and opted to top land. They lost control of the paraglider after top landing and were dragged, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

31.12.2020 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
13 years
240 hours
(15 hours)

Firle, East Sussex,
UK

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

Flying Experience:
6 years
180 hours

Whitby,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Tequila 4
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:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
200 hours

Bell Hill,
UK

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
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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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