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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 2408 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
25.05.2017 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
30 hours
(25 hours)

Corndon hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Niviuk
Koyot3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while ridge soaring and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

25.05.2017 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
15 years
220 hours
(14 hours)

Rushup,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Argos

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level while thermalling. Pilot impacted slope heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Thoracic Spine

23.05.2017 Male

Age:
66

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
350 hours
(10 hours)

Llangollen,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence,
Front Influence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Aspen 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot decided to top land in conditions where the wind was switching around causing occasional turbulence. Pilot suffered low level asymmetric collapse and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21.05.2017 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
26 years
500 hours
(15 hours)

Mount Caburn,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence,
Leeside
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Sprint 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot attempted to gain height to fly round to the front of the hill knowing the wind had gone off to the east. Pilot lost height and flew back to the ridge but encountered leeside turbulence. Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse which he recovered but then suffered full collapse and struck hillside.

Minor Injuries
21.05.2017 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
21 years
450 hours
(20 hours)

Milk Hill White Horse,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Chili 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Knot attaching the control handle to the brake line became detached during inflation. Pilot fell while trying to control wing as it was blown across the slope. Glider had recently been serviced and the control lines adjusted.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

19.05.2017 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
9 years
50 hours
(30 hours)

Parlick (South face),
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bolero 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot walked down hill in windy conditions in order to launch in lighter winds. On flying towards the slope the pilot experienced severe sink and collided with the hill. The pilot was then lifted and dragged at an angle up the slope. Pilot landed heavily but was able to eventually control glider.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

16.05.2017 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
14 years
205 hours
(29 hours)

Babadag,
Turkey

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot deployed emergency parachute while on SIV course having suffered a cravat during asymmetric collapse exercise. Pilot entered spiral descent and was unable to recover.

Unhurt
14.05.2017 Male

Age:
37

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
185 hours
(16 hours)

Thurnham,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Cure

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had cravat before take-off but decided to deal with it once the wing was inflated. However, strong winds lifted pilot immediately forcing pilot to stall in order to land. Pilot landed heavily but was unhurt.

Unhurt
10.05.2017 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
400 hours

Uffington White Horse,
UK
Paraglider

Launch Type:
Foot
While in flight the pilot noticed the speed system brummell had become detached. Pilot recovered the line and reattached but accidentally fed the line through his emergency parachute handle, thus preventing the proper deployment of the chute.

Unhurt
10.05.2017 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Trainee

Flying Experience:
7 years

Moel Fei,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Alpha 5

Launch Type:
Foot
After flaring pilot seemed to stumble forward and caught foot on lumpy ground.

Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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