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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 128 entries for powered pg wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
07.05.2018 Male

Age:
53



Northborough,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
GTX

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Techno-Fly Octagon,
Nitro
Pilot had mid-air collision with another paramotor pilot.

Fatal
05.05.2018 Male

Age:
35

Flying Experience:
15 years

UK

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:
Unqualified

Flying Experience:
6 years

Aldbrough,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
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



UK Powered PG 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

Flying Experience:
8 years
15 hours
(10 hours)

Hope Cove,
UK

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

03.12.2017 Male

Flying Experience:
20 years

Pilling,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
Apco
NRG Pro

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Apco,
Air Comfort
Pilot lost control of glider while flying at low altitude and crashed into ploughed field.

Fatal,
Internal Injuries

15.11.2017 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
11 years
25 hours

Bornos Lake,
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost balance on launch having recovered from small frontal collapse then fell forward dislocating his shoulder.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

08.10.2017 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP



DUNGIVEN WEST,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Unknown


Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
PAP I THINK
Pilot tripped on launch and cut nose on spectacles.

Minor Injuries
13.08.2017 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Non bhpa

Flying Experience:
9 years
160 hours
(30 hours)

N/a,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Apco
Force 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was climbing out of field when glider entered a spin at low level. Pilot impacted heavily before recovery could be achieved.

Seriously Injured
05.07.2017 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
19 years
600 hours
(40 hours)

Moreton Common,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Niviuk
Kougar 2

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
TechnoFly,
Octagon (Nitro)
Pilot was walking towards wing with engine running (warm up phase) when it went to full power and throttle cable caught in propeller, pulling hand backwards through netting into spinning propeller as he fell sideways onto ground.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Last updated: 13 April 2024

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