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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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There are 113 entries for powered pg wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
27.06.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
BALLYCARY FIELD
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of his glider on approach to landing. Possible collapse/stall. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
24.06.2018 Male

Age:
49

Rating:
CP
Cutthorpe
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Praavis
Acrobat

Engine:
Bailey
175

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot veered towards dry stone wall while heavily loaded, not realising his trimmers were asymmetrically set. Pilot clipped top of wall and fell down the other side.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

30.05.2018 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
Pilot
Private Field
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off successfully but was caught out by rotor from trees in stiffening breeze.

Minor Injuries
18.05.2018 Male

Age:
57

United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:

Launch Type:
Pre flight inspection of Icaro helmet revealed that one of the two retaining loops of plastic coated cord had snapped and detached at the front end at it's retaining point where it is fixed with a rivet. On inspection of spare helmet, it was found that in the same place, the outer plastic coating had snapped, but was still being retained by the inner cord core.

Unhurt
18.05.2018 Male
United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:
Unknown

Engine:
Zanzoterra

Launch Type:
Powered
Pilot was reported to have been attempting to start his paramotor engine on the ground (not on his back) when the incident occurred. He sustained fatal head injuries when the prop came into contact with his head. Post incident inspection of the motor revealed the throttle handle was locked at half throttle position. The unit was fitted with an electric start system and showed signs of previous damage to one the cage upright supports.

Fatal
07.05.2018 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
CP
Darley moor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo pwr

Engine:
Miniplane

Launch Type:
Powered
Upon take-off, reserve parachute situated underneath harness seat deployed acting as ground anchor and air brake. Pilot was pulled backwards by initial braking and glider stalled. Pilot walked away with slight bruising. Although reserve appeared in tact before take-off, pilot did not check pins.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

05.05.2018 Male

Age:
35

United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Freeride

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was flying low approx 8.30pm towards setting sun and taking care looking for obstacles. Did not see low level power line and collided with the cables.

Seriously Injured
04.05.2018 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
None
Aldbrough
United Kingdom

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

Wing:
Dudek
Synthesis 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot stalled glider after engine cut out on practise approach.

Minor Injuries
15.03.2018 Male

Age:
55

Rating:
None aircraft mechanic

United Kingdom
Powered PG

Wing:

Launch Type:
Experienced Aircraft Mechanic completely unfamiliar with paramotoring decided to work at home on a friends paramotor. The engine was run without a safety cage but sitting on a small wood board. The engine suddenly reved up, started to lift and tilt releasing from the board. The mechanic was struck hard on the face diagonally with 2 strikes from the carbon prop that did eventually break.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

14.01.2018 Male

Age:
52

Rating:
CP
Hope Cove
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Launch Type:
Foot
On making his approach to land the pilot entered rotor turbulence caused by nearby cliffs. Wind had changed direction in the hour since the pilot took off.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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Last updated: 1 March 2021

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