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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 pg 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 129 entries for powered pg wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
21.06.2024 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
5 years
400 hours
(45 hours)

Manston Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Warp 2

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Bulldog,
Spirit
The paraglider suffered an asymmetric collapse during fully accelerated flight (full speed bar) and entered a spiral dive. The paraglider became entangled in the propeller during the collapse. The pilot deployed and landed under their emergency parachute.

Unhurt
08.10.2023 Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
5 hours
(5 hours)

Northern Skies HQ,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot on climb out was informed via Safe Sky about traffic. Pilot spotted Air ambulance helicopter and started immediate decent and landing. The helicopter passed within 300 M Laterally and 1-200 ft Vertically (as judged from the ground) No Issues. Airprox Filed.

09.08.2023 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
50 hours
(3 hours)

London Colney Microlight Club,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot reverse launched but wing came up to one side. Pilot applied power thinking they could correct the wing, but stumbled and was pulled over onto the ground.

Seriously Injured,
Pelvis

27.05.2023 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
PPG

Flying Experience:
7 years
300 hours
(20 hours)

Somerton Drove,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
BGD
Epic Freestyle

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Parajet,
Maverick
Whilst practicing stall to tailslide, pilot was too quick catching the dive on recovering from the tailside. Wing then entered parachutal stall then heli. Pilot did not recover heli and experienced riser twist that locked the brake lines. Pilot realised wing was unrecoverable and deployed emergency parachute, landing safely.

Unhurt
13.05.2023 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
60 hours

Hartlepool Headland Town Moor,
UK
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 3
Pilot crashed while paramotoring but has no memory of the incident.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

12.05.2023 Male

Age:
45

Rating:
Advance

Flying Experience:
27 years

Bewaldeth,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Flare
Moustache

Launch Type:
Foot
Two pilots were test flying Jet Turbine paramotors. Lead pilot misjudged turn into wind and hit the ground. Fuel tank ruptured on impact and spilled diesel onto hot engine with no negative effects.

Minor Injuries
23.02.2023 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
40 years
350 hours
(40 hours)

Wingland Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Solo

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Bulldog,
Moster 185
During a 'go around' at 50ft agl, half of the carbon propeller detached causing severe vibrations. A fault with the pre-production Iris "Quickie" propeller hub was suspected.

Unhurt
20.11.2022 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
70 hours
(100 hours)

Northern Skies HQ,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudeck
Solo

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Parajet,
Zenith
Pilot landed normally but caught foot on clump of grass.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

09.08.2022 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Unqualified



New Church Farm, Tong,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
BGD
Luna 2
The incident occurred when the pilot's paraglider was induced into a turn by the ingestion of the left-hand control line into the turning propeller. The turn developed into a spiral dive, from which the pilot was unable to recover before impacting the ground.

Fatal
22.06.2022 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
11 years
1 hours
(50 hours)

Portsmouth,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
BGD
Luna

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Miniplane
Pilot lost control of powered paraglider while attempting wingovers. Pilot fell into his wing but was able to deploy his parachute. Pilot landed in the sea but was saved by the coast guard.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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