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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
29.09.2013 Male

Age:
56

Rating:
AP
Swanborough
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
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
Bell Hill
United Kingdom

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:
Pilot
Sywell Aerodrome
United Kingdom

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
04.05.2012 Male

Age:
33

Rating:
AP
Pontlottyn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
15-20 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Rigid Hang Glider

Wing:
AIR
Atos N

Launch Type:
Foot
While on a soaring flight the pilot heard a noise and noticed one of the side wires had come off. The glider stabilised and he was able to grab the wire and hold it in place. Pilot landed safely. Pip pin not correctly inserted.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 30 September 2021

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