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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 2408 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
16.10.2020 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
32 years
1600 hours
(20 hours)

Parlick,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
SKP
Slide

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was ground handling to test the conditions on the top of the hill. He was lifted into the air by a strong gust. He managed to perform a PLF to lessen the force of the impact.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

20.09.2020 Male

Age:
34

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
1 hours
(1 hours)

Belstone,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Arcus RS Lite

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot performed a 360 degree turn close to the ridge and impacted the hillside, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries
19.09.2020 Male

Age:
47

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
298 hours
(4 hours)

Cairn Laith (Creag Meagaidh),
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Skin 3P

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was dragged over rocks after a failed takeoff attempt, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries
18.09.2020 Male

Age:
31

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
12 years
70 hours
(10 hours)

Not applicable,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota
During an emergency parachute repack, a test deployment was attempted unsuccessfully. One of the parachute container pins (plastic sheathed wire) was found to have been pulled through the metal grommet by the retaining loop, making deployment impossible.

Unhurt
17.09.2020 Female

Rating:
CP



Treak Cliff,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Symphonia

Launch Type:
Foot
On the fourth flight of the day the pilot took off and the toe elastic for entering pod snapped, so pilot could not enter pod correctly.

Unhurt
17.09.2020 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
14 years
30 hours
(5 hours)

Treak Cliff, Mam Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was ridge soaring when he was blown back into lee rotor, and lost control, leading to an impact with the ground.

Unhurt
13.09.2020 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years
170 hours

Ringstead bay,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Littlecloud
Urubu

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot encountered rotor near the cliff, causing a collapse. The pilot impacted into bushes at the base of the cliff.

Unhurt
13.09.2020 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
35 hours
(20 hours)

Mount Caburn,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 5

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was performing turns ("small wingovers") at low level and caught the emergency parachute deployment handle on the ground, initiating an unintentional deployment as the pilot flew away from the hill.

Unhurt
08.09.2020 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
34 years
200 hours
(32 hours)

Whitesheet (Wessex),
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was ridge soaring his paraglider and experienced rapid sinking air in thermic conditions causing a fast descent to the ground and a crash landing in a field behind take-off.

Seriously Injured,
Pelvis

31.08.2020 Male

Age:
73

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
49 years
950 hours
(9 hours)

Snaefel,
Isle Of Man

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Swing
Nyos RS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost his footing on uneven ground in windy conditions. He sustained injury when he was dragged, before regaining control of the paraglider.

Minor Injuries
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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