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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
30.09.2023 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
3 years
56 hours
(23 hours)

Beachy Head,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Swift 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was unfamiliar with site and was flying with adverse wind direction for top landing. Pilot encountered strong turbulence on top landing approach. 40% asymmetric collapse was controlled by the pilot. Pilot safely bottom landed.

Unhurt
25.09.2023 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
22 years
1200 hours
(40 hours)

Thurnham,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Ikuma 2

Launch Type:
Foot
On a top landing approach pilot flew behind another glider that was also on a landing approach and got caught in its wake turbulence.

Unhurt
23.09.2023 Male

Age:
71

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
28 years
1145 hours
(56 hours)

Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Artik 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot hit sink while ridge soaring bringing pilot into head on conflict with other pilots. Pilot was now low and travelling down wind then collided with a fence.

Minor Injuries
23.09.2023

Swyre Hill,
UK
Paraglider During a training day instructor went for an air testing flight on one of the student's gliders. As instructor clipped in they noticed a crack to the R side waist (2 part T-type) buckle.

23.09.2023 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 years
200 hours
(15 hours)

Devils Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong,
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Beat

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off into strong lift. After several seconds the glider suffered an asymmetric collapse. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

22.09.2023 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
35 years
1000 hours
(95 hours)

Dunstable,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Klimber 3p

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by developing weather conditions and infringed airspace while trying to find a safe landing area.

Unhurt
20.09.2023 Female

Age:
40

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
2 hours
(2 hours)

Le Chabre,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 7

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not notice during checks that speed bar line was caught in right leg strap. Pilot had to fly with full brake to keep control. On approach glider had asymmetric collapse then spin and stall. Pilot landed in pine trees.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

16.09.2023 Female

Age:
64

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
17 hours
(9 hours)

Col de la Forclaz,
France

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Eazy 2 SL

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged approach having not factored in the valley wind and having taken a different approach path. Pilot landed short of the emergency landing area in the lake.

Unhurt
16.09.2023 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
40 hours
(5 hours)

High and Over,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot applied too much brake on landing in breezy conditions Pilot was lifted and blown back into a fence before landing heavily on the ground.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14.09.2023 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
25 years
500 hours
(50 hours)

Chabre lower south,
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off and immediately encountered strong lift. Pilot lost control and crashed heavily on the side of the hill.

Seriously Injured
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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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