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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 pg wings are displayed below in summary form.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
16.04.2021 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP
Farmer's Field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Niviuk
Qubik

Engine:
P.AP.
Tinox Atom 80

Launch Type:
Powered
The pilot made a fast landing not directly into wind and without a complete landing flare. The pilot fell and put their right arm out as they fell, sustaining injury.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

01.01.2021 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Banbury
United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Freeride

Launch Type:
The PPG pilot operated the throttle mounted engine kill switch on landing, which failed to stop the engine. Upon inspection, the pilot located a broken wire in the throttle cable, at the location where it is tied to the frame.

Unhurt
05.11.2020 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
AP
Challow Hill Farm
United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Orca 2

Engine:
Bulldog
Spirit 185

Launch Type:
Powered
During a hang test the button on the harness buckle was depressed against its spring. The metal spring retaining plug popped out of its housing, rendering the buckle unserviceable.

Unhurt
21.09.2020 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
Pilot
Farmer's field TO
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
Revo 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was flying a cross country route. He noticed smoke from the paramotor and performed an emergency landing. Upon inspection it was revealed that the LIPO battery was on fire and had caused damage to the harness and clothing.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
57
Challow
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Universal

Engine:
Parajet
Maverick

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot was practising walking with the motor running on his back without a wing but slipped and fell over. Pilot released throttle but didn't hit the kill switch quickly enough. Throttle cable struck prop and wrapped round the exhaust. Kill switch did not function, with engine stuck on half throttle. Eventually exhaust melted throttle cable and engine stopped. No Injuries.

Unhurt
13.09.2019 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
Pilot
Private field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Engine:
Air Conception
Nitro 200

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot misjudged approach and was caught by sinking air, close to ma tree-line on sloping ground.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

28.03.2019 Male

Age:
21

Rating:
Pilot
WLMAC
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Slalom

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot launched into the light wind at sunset with near nil wind conditions and flew a circuit of the model plane airstrip and. While flying downwind at around 50ft the left trim slipped open sending the glider into a sharp steep spin into the ground.

Seriously Injured
04.03.2019 Male

Age:
69

Rating:
CP
Bornos lake
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Gin
Pegasus

Engine:
Miniplane
Top80

Launch Type:
Powered
Student lost control while practising 'launch abort' with motor running. Student attempted to collapse wing but in doing so applied full power to the motor. Student was pushed over by the thrust and was cut on sharp stone.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

31.08.2018 Male

Age:
25

Rating:
Unknown
East Knoyle
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
GTX

Engine:
Parajet
Zenith

Launch Type:
Powered
Glider seen going from stable flight into wing-over maneuver which progressed into deep spiral dive, which pilot was unable to recover. Rapid loss of height resulting in impact to ground and adjacent power lines.

Fatal
29.08.2018 Male

Age:
59
Private field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Reaction

Engine:
Pap
Top 80

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot attempted a turn at low level then applied excessive control causing the glider to spin. The glider recovered but entered a spiral dive and the pilot crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
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Last updated: 14 May 2021

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