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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.

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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 128 entries for powered pg wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
04.03.2019 Male

Age:
69

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
12 years
50 hours

Bornos lake,
Spain

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Gin
Pegasus

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Miniplane,
Top80
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

Flying Experience:
7 years
50 hours

East Knoyle,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
GTX

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Parajet,
Zenith
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

Flying Experience:
13 years

Private field,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Reaction

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Pap,
Top 80
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
04.07.2018 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
9 years
25 hours
(6 hours)

Anstey,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Indy

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Power Jet,
V3
Pilot had frontal collapse at 600ft while on landing approach. Pilot regained control at 60ft but struck power lines causing the pilot to pendulum underneath to the ground.

Unhurt
27.06.2018 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years

BALLYCARY FIELD,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

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

Flying Experience:
23 years
50 hours
(5 hours)

Cutthorpe,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Praavis
Acrobat

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Bailey,
175
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:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
112 hours

Private Field,
UK

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



UK Powered PG 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



UK Powered PG

Wing:
Unknown


Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Zanzoterra
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

Flying Experience:
12 hours
(5 hours)

Darley moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo pwr

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Miniplane
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

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Last updated: 12 June 2024

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