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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 rigid hang glider 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 31 entries for rigid hang glider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
15.10.2023

North Luffenham,
UK
Rigid Hang Glider

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The North Luffenham winch Tow site was active and NOTAM H7274/23 issued for tow launch activity up to 2000ft. At 14.22 helicopter G-OCFD flew directly over the tow site 50 seconds after the tow line had been active.

03.09.2023 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
45 years
4500 hours
(50 hours)

Malvern Aerotow / Teal,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Air
Atos VR190

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot slipped on landing due to wearing trainers offering little grip.

Pilot:
Minor Injuries

Passenger:
Feet, Legs

30.06.2023 Male

Age:
68

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
39 years
350 hours
(5 hours)

Devils Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A.I.R
VQ

Launch Type:
Foot
While attempting a bottom landing pilot did not maintain sufficient air speed to flare fully, causing the gliders base bar to be caught by the long grass and nose in.

Seriously Injured,
Head Injuries

07.12.2022 Male

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
44 years

Deenethorp,
UK
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
ATOS
VR

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Glider nose cone came off during flight. Pilot landed immediately as the glider became difficult to control due to being unstable in pitch and yaw.

Unhurt
08.05.2022 Male

Age:
57

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
42 years
1500 hours
(10 hours)

Deenthorpe,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VQR

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot landed in nil wind with insufficient flare. A-frame touched the ground and pilot swung through hitting elbow on the upright.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

06.05.2022 Male

Age:
72

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
48 years
3000 hours
(1 hours)

Deenethorpe Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Air Design
ATOS

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot misjudged speed on approach to land resulting in being too high. Pilot pulled in too much resulting in heavy landing.

Unhurt
25.03.2022 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
48 years
10000 hours
(4 hours)

Mercury,
UK
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
A.I.R
VR
While making a landing approach having been scratching below hill height, pilot cleared main power lines but did not see spur line. Pilot suspects wing glanced power line causing a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured
15.06.2021 Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
39 years
1000 hours
(19 hours)

Sutton Meadows,
UK

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

Flying Experience:
37 years
1000 hours

Westbury,
UK

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:
P

Flying Experience:
44 years
2000 hours
(15 hours)

Westbury White Horse,
UK

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
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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