Hang Glider

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.

or and

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

Displaying page 47 out of 241

[ Top ] - [ Prev ] - [ Next ] - [ Bottom ]

Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
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

27.08.2019 Female

Age:
46

Rating:
P



Panetonne,
Italy

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence,
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider

Wing:
U-Turn
Blacklight 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot became disoriented in thickening cloud and applied incorrect input causing glider to spin close to the terrain. Pilot deployed emergency parachute but was too low and impacted side of ravine.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

26.08.2019 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
17 years
1000 hours
(40 hours)

Newhaven,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Dual

Launch Type:
Foot
Passenger tripped on take off lost footing and pilot and passenger slid down the front of take off into a bush.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Minor Injuries
26.08.2019 Female

Age:
33

Flying Experience:
5 years

Steyning Bowl,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not run fast enough on launch and did not damp the gliders acceleration causing an asymmetric collapse on launch. Pilot contacted the ground again, glider remained inflated and she took off unharmed and flew to the bottom.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
25.08.2019 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
28 hours
(4 hours)

Alkus,
Austria

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Alpha
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off but once clear of the trees was immediately hit by the valley wind blowing at 90 degrees to take-off. Pilot was blown sideways and attempted to turn with the wind to avoid the trees. Unfortunately a wing tip caught on a pine tree resulting in the pilot swinging into the tree.

Unhurt
23.08.2019 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
12 years
43 hours
(1 hours)

Milk Hill White Horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
ION 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered a stall on approach to top land in breezy conditions. Pilot suspects encountering unusual gust while on the brakes caused stall. Pilot considered it a poor decision to land where he did.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21.08.2019 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
19 years
1050 hours
(75 hours)

Milk Hill White horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Tandem pilot suffered symmetric collapse at 20m but both pilot and passenger landed gently on feet. Pilot and passenger were then dragged until pilot regained control.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Unhurt
20.08.2019 Male

Age:
67

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
500 hours
(25 hours)

Dunstable Downs,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered turbulence while ridge soaring, probably due to leeside rotor coming over a spur, and landed heavily.

Unhurt
Go to: Incident Reports (formal investigations)
Go to: Annual Incident Analysis Reports
Last updated: 23 June 2024

Displaying page 47 out of 241

[ Top ] - [ Prev ] - [ Next ] - [ Bottom ]

 

Purchase the BHPA Pilot Handbook Submit an incident report to the BHPA and EHPU

 

The BHPA is a member of the Royal Aero Club The BHPA is a member of the European Hang Gliding & Paragliding Union CAA Drone and Model Aircraft Code Subscribe to GASCO Flight Safety, a monthly safety update on all recreational flying safety matters