Paraglider

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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There are 2134 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
04.08.2014 Male

Age:
35

Rating:
P
Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Strong Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gradient
Nevada

Launch Type:
Foot
Paraglider pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level in turbulent, thermic conditions and was unable to regain control before colliding with the hill. Pilot was unhurt.

Unhurt
04.08.2014 Female

Age:
41
Rhossili
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Epsilon 5

Launch Type:
Foot
Student was concerned about proximity to slope after successful take off so applied excessive brakes. Realising the error she let up quickly which resulted in the glider diving forward and sustaining an asymmetric collapse. Student crashed into hill but sustained only minor injuries.

Minor Injuries
02.08.2014 Male

Age:
43
N/A
United Kingdom
Paraglider

Wing:
N/A
N/A

Launch Type:
Harness chest strap released during flight.

Unhurt
31.07.2014 Female

Age:
26

Rating:
CP
Marlens
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level, possibly due to the glider pitching. The glider rotated and the pilot deployed her parachute but was too low for it to open. Pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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

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

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

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
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

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

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Last updated: 25 October 2021

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