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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.

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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 2405 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
14.09.2023 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
25 years
500 hours
(50 hours)

Chabre lower south,
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off and immediately encountered strong lift. Pilot lost control and crashed heavily on the side of the hill.

Seriously Injured
13.09.2023 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years

Sopot BG,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Adam

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had heavy top landing while thermalling in mountains.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

13.09.2023 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
20 years
803 hours
(19 hours)

Sopot,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Alpina 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height on approach and encountered stronger than expected head wind. Pilot landed short of intended landing area and stuck an exposed rocky slope.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

11.09.2023 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
18 years
280 hours
(4 hours)

Sopot,
Bulgaria

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Rush 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged height while ridge soaring mountain. Pilot ran out of safe landing options and landed crosswind in bushes.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

10.09.2023 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
552 hours

Newhaven,
UK

Wind Strength:
+45 km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was caught out by increasing wind and was blown back on full bar. Pilot landed going backwards on concrete area of beach and was dragged.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

06.09.2023 Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
38 hours
(11 hours)

North Luffenham,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Muse5

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Pilot could not activate Gin tow release on reaching top of tow. Pilot was instructed to lay line down in fig 8 but accidentally went too far and began to down plane. Operator cut line and normal flight was resumed. No fault could be found on the release mechanism.

Unhurt
06.09.2023 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
24 years
1000 hours
(54 hours)

Ager,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Very Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeno

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered turbulent air while thermalling and glider suffered full frontal resulting in a cravat spiral. Pilot was unable to regain control sp deployed emergency parachute. Pilot descended into forest canopy then fell through trees to the ground.

Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine

04.09.2023 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
32 years
4000 hours
(100 hours)

Organya,
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Enzo

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot flew over ridge but encountered sink and entered an area of leeside turbulence. Glider collapsed and sustained two large cravats. Glider then flew backwards and pilots vision was obscured by submarine harness tail. Pilot entered trees in a stalled state before being able to deploy parachute.

Unhurt
04.09.2023 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
19 years
900 hours
(70 hours)

Ager,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Zeno 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse in turbulent thermal that caused the wing to go 'nose down'. Pilot stopped rotation but elected to deploy emergency chute do to low altitude.

Unhurt
03.09.2023 Male

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
21 years
2375 hours
(95 hours)

Parlick west,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Swift 6

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot reverse launched in strong breeze and was lifted immediately. Pilot noticed risers were twisted and decided to stall/turn the glider into the ground. Pilot was dragged before gaining control. On inspection pilot found that the left riser had clipped itself into the right carabiner. Pilot had swapped harnesses and had not screwed carabiners closed. Other harness had twist-lock carabiners.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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