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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
05.06.2016 Male

Flying Experience:
120 hours

Dee Estuary,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Synth 2

Launch Type:
Foot
While flying low, pilot caught foot in water and was forced to land in estuary. Pilot was forced to request assistance due to mud and incoming tide.

Unhurt
22.03.2016 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
25 years

Selsey,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Hadron xx

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered a collapse at low level.

Fatal,
Internal Injuries

01.11.2015 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
300 hours
(70 hours)

Private field,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Hadron XX

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot came in to land in nil wind and came in on a fast approach and caught foot on a grass clump, which twisted his leg breaking it just above the boot. Pilot drove himself to hospital. Leg in plaster for 6 weeks.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

03.10.2015 Male

Age:
35

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
13 years
200 hours
(70 hours)

Benone,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot noticed that heat from the exhaust melted a hole in the fuel tank. Proximity of exhaust very close to tank.

Unhurt
19.09.2015 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
24 years
2500 hours
(20 hours)

Marston Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Snake (not xx)

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of glider at low level while attempting a high banked turn during slalom practice. During the manoeuvre the pilot noticed the left brake handle had become detached from the brake lines. The pilot was unable to regain control and crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
07.07.2015 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
Pilot (Power)



Siurana Alt Emporda 17469,
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Slalom

Launch Type:
Foot
A paramotor pilot was critically injured upon impact with the ground, and died from his injuries. There were no witnesses to the flight or the impact.

Fatal,
Internal Injuries

20.01.2015 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
17 years
315 hours
(50 hours)

Private field,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
Revo 2

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Fly products,
Jet top 80
Pilot took off wearing a scarf tucked into his flying suit. Scarf became loose and caught in the recoil start mechanism. Engine stopped causing scarf to tighten round pilot's neck. Pilot was able to breath with difficulty and was able to make emergency landing.

Minor Injuries
03.10.2014 Male



SE landing of Lijar,
Spain

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 4

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Parajet,
Zenith
Student lifted leg too early while attempting second powered flight. Prop broke and pilot did not back off power as instructed and was pushed over.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

31.05.2014 Male

Age:
46

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
65 hours
(25 hours)

Mersea Island,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
GTX

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of glider during launch in light and variable conditions and crashed into a parked car.

Minor Injuries
16.02.2014 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
700 hours

XC flight,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h
Powered PG

Wing:
Paramania
Fusion

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
PAP,
1450 Moster
During an XC flight the drive belt came off (but stayed with engine) leading to loss of thrust. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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