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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

Incident reports for paraglider wings are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
04.01.2017 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
Pilot
Whiterocks
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Trickster

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot, experienced in mini wings, was flying an acro wing for the first time at local dunes. After a period of familiarisation he began to make more aggressive turns. During one turn the pilot applied an excessive amount of control causing the wing to collapse. The wing recovered but had lost significant height and the pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

04.01.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
AP
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
BiBeta 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot armed quickouts prior to tandem inflation in strong conditions to enable rapid release if necessary. Pilot intended to disarm prior to actual launch. Pilot forgot to disarm on launch but did so a few minutes into the flight.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
02.01.2017 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
AP
Bratton Camp
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Triple Seven
Queen

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot narrowly avoided mid-air collision with another pilot who appeared not to know what they were doing. It turned out that the pilot, who had no BHPA rating, was being coached by two other pilots.

Unhurt
31.12.2016 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
Pilot (tandem)
Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi-Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot armed quickouts prior to tandem flight in breezy conditions with damp grass under foot and close to hedge, road and trees. Pilot intended to disarm as soon as in safe flight. On attempting to disarm the pilot's finger slipped and hit the release button. Pilot was able to push insert back into place and disarm.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
22.12.2016 Male

Age:
19

Rating:
CP
Milk Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Geronimo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged weather and made the incorrect decision to land at the top of the hill. Due to the wind strength the pilot decided to land in the field behind take off but had insufficient height and landed on a fence damaging the wing/harnesses but otherwise unhurt.

Unhurt
16.12.2016 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Slimbridge sports field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Dudek
Hadron XX

Launch Type:
Foot
While making 'dry run' approach in low light conditions, the pilot failed to see power lines that were partially hidden along a line of trees surrounding the chosen field. Pilot struck the power lines and sustained minor injuries.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21.11.2016 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Nigels
Morocco

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Atlas XA

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot decided to abort launch at the very last moment, by full application of control handles in order to stall wing. Could not stop and fell from front of the launch approx 5ft onto mountainside. Was assisted in collecting wing and climbing back onto launch.

Minor Injuries
17.11.2016 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
Pilot
Otiva
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to reverse launch but was lifted off feet and the risers became twisted. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12.11.2016 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP
Dickiedanda
Nepal

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot twisted ankle on landing in turbulent conditions.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12.11.2016 Male

Age:
42
Diki Danada
Nepal

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student lost altitude while ridge soaring and got too close to the trees. Pilot landed safely on slope having found gap in the trees. Glider became caught on trees but was undamaged.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 22 April 2021

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