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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.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
14.09.2019 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
100 hours
(14 hours)

Bo Peep,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chilli 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Immediately after launching pilot moved left to avoid a student who had just been launched. Pilot was then caught by gust and collided with a fence.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

13.09.2019 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
1000 hours
(70 hours)

Bradwell,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Tango x race

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had midair collision when another glider, being flown in to opposite direction, struck the bottom of his harness.

Unhurt
08.09.2019 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
6 years
15 hours

Bradwell,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Illusion

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged distance from ridge and caught bottom of harness on a bump on the ridge. Pilot was dragged down ridge into bush.

Unhurt
08.09.2019 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
18 years
1000 hours
(60 hours)

S. Harting,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
777
King

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged 360 turn over ridge due to wind being stronger than expected. Pilot was forced to make a crosswind top landing resulting in minor injuries.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

08.09.2019 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
300 hours

Nant y Moel,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Cayenne

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered 50% asymmetric collapse while attempting to climb back up to launch height. Wing then suffered a further, larger collapse before rotating into the hill.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

08.09.2019 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
46 hours
(30 hours)

Woolacombe,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
IOTA 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot accidentally spun his glider by applying too much brake, trying to avoid going too far back over the hill. Glider entered a cascade but pilot could not deploy his parachute as his hands were through his brake handles preventing him reaching the deployment handle. Pilot put hands up immediately and glider self-recovered a few metres above the ground. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
06.09.2019 Male

Age:
34

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
21 years
(50 hours)

Montmin,
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
Supair
Wild

Launch Type:
Foot
During exit from autorotation exercise, the glider dived and the pilot inadvertently released one brake as it was pulled out of his hand. The bowline above the brake handle and stopper knot on the brake line tag end were pulled through the ceramic ring. In straight and level flight, the pilot attempted to pull the handle down and was unable to as the bowline had jammed in the ceramic ring. Using both hands, he was able to free the handle again.

Unhurt
01.09.2019 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years

Caoley Peak,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse shortly after taking off. Pilot rotated into the hill from approx 20m. Westerly site with possibly more north than expected.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

01.09.2019 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
650 hours
(70 hours)

Dunstable,
UK
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mantra 7

Launch Type:
Foot
On launching, pilot noticed that riser became caught on protrusion on karabiner designed to hold harness straps in place. Glider had thin risers making this more likely to occur.

Unhurt
27.08.2019 Female

Age:
49

Rating:
Unqualified



Swyre Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Adam
Student noticed strained leg muscle towards the end of the day. No particular incident of note.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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