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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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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
30.07.2014 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
Pilot
Dunstable Down
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Very Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Envy II

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered 50% asymmetric collapse at low level while attempting to thermal in turbulent lift. Wing entered spiral and pilot impacted hill heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

30.07.2014 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P
Rhossili
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Nevada

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot stumbled during reverse launch having been pulled towards the glider.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

29.07.2014 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
CP
Bell Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Firebird
Raven

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level and then stalled glider. Pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured
29.07.2014 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
CP
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Atis 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off in increasingly gusty and thermic conditions with the prevailing wind at times in excess of 45 degrees off the hill. Shortly after take off the pilot experienced severe thermic turbulence at approx 20-30m. The glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and then further collapses causing the pilot to pendulum into the hillside.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

26.07.2014 Female

Age:
42

Rating:
CP
Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot mistimed landing flare and stalled glider. Pilot landed heavily and hand hit the ground hard.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

26.07.2014 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
Pilot
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Sprint EVO

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not take time to establish thermic conditions and was caught out by heavy sink while thermalling. Pilot managed to top land but was then dragged into a stone wall.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

26.07.2014 Male

Age:
29

Rating:
Elementary
Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Sky Paragliders
Fides 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Student failed to control glider on launch resulting in an asymmetric collapse. The glider turned and the student landed heavily on one foot.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

25.07.2014 Male

Age:
25
Buchenberg
Germany

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Independence
Cruiser

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was carrying out 360 degree turns under radio instruction. Student was in clear view of instructor on landing area but could not be seen from take off. Student had mid-air collision with student hang glider pilot who had just take off and had flown round a spur into the area where paraglider student was doing 360s. There was not time for the paragliding instructor to prevent the collision once the hang glider appeared. Both pilots landed in trees unhurt having successfully deployed their parachutes.

Unhurt
25.07.2014 Female

Age:
50

Rating:
P
Charbre
France

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Carrera

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot had asymmetric collapse while thermalling. The glider cravated resulting in a spiral dive with twisted risers. Pilot deployed parachute but it did not open. Pilot crashed heavily into mountainside.

Seriously Injured
22.07.2014 Male Big Collin, Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders

Launch Type:
Foot
Unqualified and untrained pilot fell2m from harness having failed to re-fasten leg straps after walking back up the hill.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 22 April 2021

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