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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.

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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.

There are 2374 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
16.06.2017 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
320 hours
(50 hours)

Dunstable Downs,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Artik 4

Launch Type:
Foot
On launching pilot was caught out by a gust. Pilot was blown back into the car park and collided with a parked car.

Unhurt
16.06.2017 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
13 years
240 hours
(37 hours)

Sandymouth bay,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 9

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by switching light winds while attempting a coastal ridge run. Pilot was forced to land in small cove having got too low to land anywhere else.

Unhurt
16.06.2017 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
13 years
480 hours
(51 hours)

Dunstable,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot failed to asses fluctuating wind direction while making landing approach and flew through rotor turbulence. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Internal Injuries

16.06.2017 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
80 hours
(20 hours)

Butser hill west,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Trekking
Senso

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was blown back over launch in breezy conditions and suffered a frontal collapse when trying to push forwards. Glider entered spiral and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

14.06.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
100 hours
(10 hours)

Milk Hill White Horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Carrera

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was ground handling when airborne pilot flew into his wing. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

14.06.2017 Male

Age:
32

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
16 years
80 hours

Mere, Rifle Range,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Fides 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of glider while inflating glider in breezy conditions. Pilot was pulled back towards fence but was able to step over. Parachute deployment handle got caught on the fence, pulling it from it's container.

Unhurt
13.06.2017 Male

Age:
50

Flying Experience:
7 years

Bedlinog,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student failed to flare properly and landed in a seated position.

Minor Injuries
06.06.2017 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Pilot (Hill)

Flying Experience:
17 years
170 hours
(11 hours)

Sopot,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
EPSILON 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of glider on launch and impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured
04.06.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P



Bradwell edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Sprint evo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot spun glider while attempting to bottom land in strong windy and thermic conditions. Pilot saved serious injury as he landed in a tree.

Unhurt
02.06.2017 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
350 hours
(40 hours)

Dunstable Downs,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught in leeside turbulence having misjudged the wind direction. Pilot crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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