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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 powered hg 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 30 entries for powered hg wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
16.12.2022 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
NPPL

Flying Experience:
37 years
300 hours
(6 hours)

Chilbolton Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Powered HG

Wing:
Flylight
Foxcub

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Polini,
Thor
While taxiing back at the end of the flight, the pilot heard a 'thud, thud' from behind. The Foxcub SSDR has a disc brake to stop the propeller windmilling while thermalling. The bracket holding the disc brake housing had fractured and the housing had hit the prop and bent the disc rotor.

Unhurt
09.08.2022 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
33 years
2291 hours
(50 hours)

Coal Aston Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered HG

Wing:
Flylight Airsports
PeaBee

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Vittorazi,
Moster 185 Silent
While flying XC pilot heard a bang and felt the base bar move. Pilot landed and carried out an inspection. Pilot discovered breather tube had been sucked out into the airflow and had struck prop. Pilot made repairs and fixed breather tube with cable ties to prevent reoccurrence.

Unhurt
18.07.2021 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
33 years

Dee Estuary,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Powered HG

Wing:
Airplay
Grif 3DC

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Vittorazi,
Moster
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

Flying Experience:
7 years
12 hours
(1 hours)

Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Fly

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
WASP,
SP MK IV
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:
P

Flying Experience:
22 years
60 hours

Homestead Farm,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Powered HG

Wing:
Wills Wing
Eagle

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Flylight,
Doodlebug
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:
P

Flying Experience:
30 years
100 hours

Open field, with informal consent, not registered,Cotmarsh, Broadtownsh,,
UK

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:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
7 hours
(7 hours)

Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h
Powered HG

Wing:
Offpiste
Discovery

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Wasp,
Wasp
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:
P



Bethel,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-11 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Powered HG

Wing:
Airwave
Magic 4

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Doodlebug
Rear wire broke during aborted take-off.

None
05.09.2010 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP



Avranches,
France

Wind Strength:
0-11 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Flylight,
Doodlebug
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:
CP



Hill Farm Norfolk,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
radne,
racket 120
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
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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