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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.

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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
16.07.2016 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
48 years

Ringstead,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
ATOS

Launch Type:
Foot
Wind dropped on launch causing glider to drop in to long grass, which caught on base bar. Glider nosed in.

Unhurt
06.06.2015 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
28 years
200 hours

Cambridge Aerotow,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VQ

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
Pilot suffered weak link failure at 20-30m. Pilot landed on feet in a stream.

Unhurt
30.05.2015 Male

Rating:
Unknown



Frocester,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Solar

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was seen to land downwind having made no attempt to turn into wind or remove his legs from his harness. Pilot was unconscious for 15 mins after incident.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

10.05.2015 Male

Age:
39

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
17 years
(4 hours)

Newhaven Cliffs,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Flight Design
Ghostbuster

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot misjudged his approach due to concerns about the number of paragliders in the area. Pilot eventually made crosswind approach but with more downwind component than expected. Pilot attempted to run off speed but basebar struck the ground and the glider flipped over.

Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29.12.2014 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
49 years
600 hours
(7 hours)

Devils Dyke,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Flight Design
Exxtacy

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot took off with nose cone not fully fixed in position. This caused the glider to become very difficult to control as it wanted to pitch down. Pilot was able to make a controlled, but heavy, bottom landing.

Minor Injuries,
Head Injuries

09.11.2014 Male

Age:
54

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
45 years
4000 hours
(60 hours)

Ringstead,
UK
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos vr

Launch Type:
Foot
Pre-flight check revealed the outer sheath of the slider on the harness had worn away, and broken away, leaving just the inner cords exposed and supporting the hanging of the harness.

Unhurt
24.06.2014 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
24 years
1200 hours
(50 hours)

Col de Forclaz,
France

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
VR10T

Launch Type:
Foot
No details available

Seriously Injured
29.09.2013 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
31 years
2000 hours

Swanborough,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
Aeros
Phantom

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was disturbed during rigging a number of times to help others. Forgot to attach inboard control wire. Pilot took off and realised he had no ability to turn left. Pilot attempted to land but lost all control and crashed doing approx 60mph.

Seriously Injured
18.05.2013 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
28 years

Bell Hill,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos VR

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot approached for top landing but had not gone far enough back. Elected to do big flare rather than overshoot resulting in glider climbing to 5m then diving into the ground.

Seriously Injured
22.09.2012 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
33 years
900 hours

Sywell Aerodrome,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos C

Launch Type:
Aero Tow
On launching the pilot could not move left hand down to base bar as it had become jammed in the join between upright and rear wire. Pilot was able to continue launch with one hand and then release jammed hand.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 23 June 2024

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