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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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There are 2080 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
11.11.2016 Female

Rating:
Pilot
Hill Farm
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
UP
Acent

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Tow release failed to release on the top of tow, winch operator guillotined line, pilot landed safely with line attached. On inspection the release loop cord was located beyond the release pin attachedment eye, as the width of the pin attachemnt eye is wider than the pin the pin could not be pulled out when under load.

Unhurt
11.11.2016 Male

Age:
25

Rating:
CP
Ballard Down
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Base

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot applied excessive control while turning in to wind for landing due to being lower than anticipated. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse at low level and pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

04.11.2016 Male

Age:
25
Sirkot
Nepal

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Koyot 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Nepalese Pilot took off while on an IPPI thermal training course. He flew for approximately ten minutes before being seen in a locked in spiral dive. The pilot did not recover from the spiral dive and crashed.

Fatal
02.11.2016 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Clough Head
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 9

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot received glider back from repair centre to find that a proportion of the brake cascade had not been reconnected.

Unhurt
30.10.2016 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
Pilot
Fransham
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Paraglider pilot winched up with excessive force during a competition. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
29.10.2016 Female

Age:
39

Rating:
CP
Ager
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Rise 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of the paraglider in close proximity to the hillside and impacted the ground sustaining fatal injuries.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

22.10.2016 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP
Bo peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Yeti

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to top land close to a barbwire fence. Speedbar caught on fence then glider fell on fence.

Unhurt
21.10.2016 Male

Age:
59

Rating:
AP
Villebois Lavallette
France
Paraglider

Wing:
Koch
Winch

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
During a routine inspection of the weak link components of a twin drum Koch winch it was found that the aluminium cases that house the aluminium weak links had their ends burred over such that the link would not slide out of the housing. This rendered the weak link inoperative and the force required to break it would have been considerably more than the certified intended force.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
14.10.2016 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Pilot
360
India

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Bruce Goldsmith Design
Tala

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level while thermalling. Pilot was unable to regain control of the glider and deployed his emergency parachute. Parachute had insufficient height to deploy fully and pilot impacted rocks.

Fatal:
Head Injuries

10.10.2016 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Pilot
Herne Bay
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz 4

Launch Type:
Foot
While coastal soaring the pilot was blown back into rotor turbulence by strengthening wind.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 22 April 2021

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