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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 powered hg wings are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
18.07.2021 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Pilot
Dee Estuary
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Powered HG

Wing:
Airplay
Grif 3DC

Engine:
Vittorazi
Moster

Launch Type:
Powered
The control frame was pulled in towards the pilot and rolled to the right during a taxi-ing manoeuvre. The propeller struck the rear wire, which was completely severed. The pilot ceased flight operations.

Unhurt
24.02.2019 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
CP
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Fly

Engine:
WASP
SP MK IV

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot took off on powered hang glider but entered a slight turn when reaching across to mouth throttle to disengage the safety cut off. Glider remained in a gentle turn despite the efforts of the pilot who suspected the glider may have stalled. Pilot increased speed and decided to land immediately. Pilot was able to land with only minor damage to the glider.

Unhurt
24.08.2016 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Homestead Farm
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Powered HG

Wing:
Wills Wing
Eagle

Engine:
Flylight
Doodlebug

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot took off and motor sounded rough. Pilot carried on but had trouble gaining height. Pilot found himself with few landing opportunities and was forced to land in a field, narrowly missing power lines. Pilot had not flown in 3 years.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

25.05.2016 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
Pilot
Open field, with informal consent, not registered,Cotmarsh, Broadtownsh,
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot did not carry out a proper pre-flight check and took off not directly into wind. Pilot then pushed out without correct airspeed resulting in a turn and stall. Pilot uninjured but prop damaged.

Unhurt
02.03.2012 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Darley Moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Powered HG

Wing:
Offpiste
Discovery

Engine:
Wasp
Wasp

Launch Type:
Powered
While on a powered hang glider flight the battery for the power unit caught fire. The pilot made an emergency landing.

Unhurt
24.07.2011 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
Pilot
Bethel
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-11 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Powered HG

Wing:
Airwave
Magic 4

Engine:
Doodlebug

Launch Type:
Powered
Rear wire broke during aborted take-off.

None
05.09.2010 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Club Pilot
Avranches
France

Wind Strength:
0-11 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Engine:
Flylight
Doodlebug

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot took off in light winds climbing to 80ft. In attempting to open airframe throttle pilot opened choke in error. In attempting to correct pilot inadvertently allowed glider to stall. Glider crashed in power on spiral.

Fractured femurs, ribs and facial injuries. Collapsed lung.
22.08.2004 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Club Pilot
Hill Farm Norfolk
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Engine:
radne
racket 120

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot tore leg muscle on attempting to launch. Later taken to hospital after passing out. Found that leg straps had been too tight and restricted circulation and ability to expand and contract.

torn leg muscle
31.07.2004 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Club Pilot
A53
United Kingdom
Powered HG

Wing:
Solar Wings
Rumour

Engine:
mosquito

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot encountered turbulence on approach and landed heavily.

bruising
30.04.2004 Male

Age:
35

United Kingdom
Powered HG

Wing:

Engine:
mosquito

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot discovered torn zip line attachment which could have resulted in the line reaching the prop with serious consequences.

none
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Last updated: 25 October 2021

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