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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
25.06.2014 Male Pinnacle Hill, also known as Kettle Sings
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off with a full twist in his risers. As he became airborne his foot caught in the lines of another glider laid out on the slope. While still out of control and approx 2m above the ground, the line came away from the fabric of the other glider and realised the pilot's foot.

Unhurt
24.06.2014 Female

Age:
36

Rating:
P
Plan Fait
France

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Safari

Launch Type:
Foot
Tandem pilot landed downwind as wind switched while on landing approach. Glider suffered 75% asymmetric collapse at approx 5m due to turbulence from switched wind direction.

Pilot
Minor Injuries

Passenger
Minor Injuries
24.06.2014 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
Pilot
South of Devils Dyke
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
Apco
Fiesta 2

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
Glider stalled from approx 1.5m while pilot was being tow launched. Pilot notice glider was offline and applied some brake to bring the glider into line with the towline. It stalled though the pilot suspects it may already have begun to stall before he made the brake input.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

23.06.2014 Male

Age:
57
Muggery
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Element

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not get legs down while attempting a slope landing. Leg became caught under harness on landing.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

22.06.2014 Male Barton on Sea
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was scratching too close to the cliff and impacted it, luckily there was a ledge there that he managed to stand on and he was helped back on to the top.

Unhurt
21.06.2014 Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Cp
Selsley common
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Sport 4

Launch Type:
Foot
While reverse launching for second flight the pilot heard crack as wing passed through 75 degrees. He aborted launch and packed up to find carbon seat plate was delaminated and cracked from port side two thirds back to starboard side rear corner. Small hole from manufacture appears to be star/end of delamination.

Unhurt
19.06.2014 Male

Age:
26

Rating:
Cp
Hay Bluff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Delta 1

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off with twisted risers having walked down the slope due to strong winds at the take off area. Pilot lost control on launch and struck glancing blow on top of hill. Pilot was able to carry on flying and made successful bottom landing. Was driven to hospital where extent of injuries became apparent.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

19.06.2014 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Hundred House
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 8

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot carried out pre-flight checks including lookout then attempted to launch his wing. The launch failed and the pilot prepared again. This time he forgot to check the airspace was clear before launching. As his glider rose up it impacted the harness of a pilot flying overhead. Luckily they did not tangle and the airborne pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
15.06.2014 Male

Age:
41

Rating:
Pilot
Moel Elio
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Paraglider

Wing:
Freex
Vaxin

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered sink on approach to land. He landed faster than expected going sideways. Landed heavily on shoulder.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14.06.2014 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
Tandem
Fleetwith Pike
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Scenic 2

Launch Type:
Foot
During a forward launch in light wind conditions the passenger stumbled. The pilot encouraged the passenger to continue but the glider sustained a 50% asymmetric collapse. This caused the pilot to lose control and both pilot and passenger rolled down the hill onto rocks.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 22 April 2021

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