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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
02.06.2018 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
21 hours
(14 hours)

Buttermere Festival,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sup Air
Leaf

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged landing approach in light wind conditions. Pilot ran out of landing area and collided with a food van and bystander.

Unhurt
02.06.2018 Male

Age:
67

Rating:
P



Barton Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Element 2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot had asymmetric collapse at approx 30m and landed between bushes outside of the airfield.

Unhurt
02.06.2018 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
49 years

Barton Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Element 2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot stalled glider on approach to landing resulting in an asymmetric collapse. The glider recovered allowing the pilot to land but the glider landed on a bush.

Unhurt
01.06.2018 Female

Age:
33

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
35 hours
(3 hours)

Poniente,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Low airtime Pilot struck power lines while making landing approach.

Seriously Injured
23.05.2018 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
21 years
500 hours
(20 hours)

Curium,
Cyprus

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Bi Beta 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched glider but realised that it was lifting asymmetrically and saw that one of the wing crew still had hold of the wing tip. Pilot shouted to ‘let go’ which they didn’t. Within a split second both the passenger and pilot were swung uncontrollably to the side of the launch site.

Pilot:
Unhurt

Passenger:
Minor Injuries
19.05.2018 Male

Age:
47

Flying Experience:
6 years

Darley Moor Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Atom 3
Forward launch on winch. Wing off line to right. Pilot control input to the right causing wing to go towards lock out. Operator guillotined. Student instructed to pull left and finally instructed to PLF.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

18.05.2018 Male

Age:
49



Beddingham,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Element 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched successfully but then applied hard right then left controls and pendulumed into the ground.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

18.05.2018 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
22 years
2000 hours
(80 hours)

Sopot,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Eden 6

Launch Type:
Foot
On landing approach, the experienced pilot gave way to a low airtime pilot and hit a tree to avoid mid air collision.

Minor Injuries
18.05.2018 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
10 hours
(7 hours)

Putsborough,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bollero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot slipped during reverse launch ground handling practice, coupled with a sudden gust of wind. Resulted in sudden lift from and immediate repatriation with the ground at speed.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

17.05.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
EP



Planfait,,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 6

Launch Type:
Foot
When Taking off, the student, caught his hand on the reserve handle and brushed the lower bushes of the take off area. The reserve was deployed, which in turn made the main glider drive down. the student remained clam, and landed in the trees in front of the take off.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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