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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 rigid hang glider wings are displayed below in summary form.

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There are 24 entries for rigid hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A-I-R
VR

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Immediately prior to the aerotow commencing the conditions were nil wind. When "all out" was called, the left wing rose first and continued to rise out of the trolley, caught by a sudden crosswind. The right wingtip came into contact with long grass, turning the glider and trolley. The weak link broke, but the glider had left the runway and stopped nose down in crops.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

23.05.2021 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
AP
Westbury
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
40-45 Km/h
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VRS

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of the wing on the launch area during a change in wind direction and increase in windspeed. The wing and pilot were lifted, blown backwards and dropped to the ground, which caused damage to the glider.

Minor Injuries:
Pelvis

18.03.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
Pilot
Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VR

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot rigged and checked their glider, and left the spoiler wires disconnected whilst the glider was tail-into-wind. These were then connected and spoiler activation was noted as the pilot manoeuvred the glider to the take-off. On launch, the glider rolled right despite full opposite control and impacted the slope sustaining damage. On inspection, the pilot noticed that slack in the unconnected spoiler wires had become tangled causing the spoilers not to function correctly (when connected). This went undetected because the zips were closed and nose cone was fitted.

Unhurt
31.08.2020 Male

Age:
26

Rating:
Pilot
Sutton Meadows Airstrip
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Flight Design
Exxtacy

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
The pilot was attempting a nil-wind landing and had insufficient flap applied. Upon touchdown, his foot slipped and twisted, causing injury. The pilot considered his footwear not to have been appropriate and therefore a factor in the incident.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

11.07.2020 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
AP
Llangollen
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A.I.R
Atos C

Launch Type:
Foot
The left wingtip contacted the ground prior to take-off. In flight, the pilot noticed that left turns led to tip stall and incipient spin. Upon landing the pilot found the lower hinge on the outermost permanently attached rib had failed, leading to the untensioning of the outer rib.

Unhurt
30.05.2020 Male

Rating:
CP
Malverns Black Hill
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
ICARO
Stratos

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot lost control of the glider due to a failure in the control system, and collided with trees. He subsequently found that a spoiler wire was tangled around a rib.

Minor Injuries
18.05.2020 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
Pilot
Freathy
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
35-40 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
ATOS VQ

Launch Type:
Foot
The right hand leg loop of the pilot's Woody Valley Tenax 3 harness became detached on launch. The pilot was able to re-attach the buckle in flight.

Unhurt
15.05.2020 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Bo Peep
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Design
Atos v

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot encountered heavy sink while attempting to make an upslope landing. Pilot tried to turn away from the hill to bottom land but sinking air meant he landed in trees.

Unhurt
24.08.2019 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
AP
Coll D’Ares
Spain

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A.I.R
ATOS VQ11

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misrigged glider while on the last day of a comp. Rib had not located on one side of the wing causing a flutter in the wing and a shudder on the basebar at speed. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
25.05.2019 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
Pilot
Long Mynd
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A.I.R
Atos C

Launch Type:
Foot
Nose section came adrift from glider while thermalling causing the glider to handle erratically.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
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Last updated: 28 October 2021

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