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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Incident reports for speedflyer/miniwing wings are displayed below in summary form.

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There are 30 entries for speedflyer/miniwing wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
31.05.2021 Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP
Mam Tor
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
35-40 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Zero 2

Launch Type:
Foot
During a soaring flight in thermic conditions the pilot experienced an asymmetric collapse whilst flying with trimmers released (accelerated). The paraglider turned towards its collapsed side, and into the hill. The pilot impacted the hillside and sustained injury.

Seriously Injured
28.11.2020 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
AP
Pentland Hills
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Phi
Viola

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot, having misjudged his glide on landing approach, flew towards a gap in a line of trees. He caught a line on a tree, which turned his paraglider into the tree. Lack of visibility caused by flying into the low sun was a contributory factor.

Unhurt
26.11.2020 Male

Age:
36

Rating:
Pilot
Hay Bluff
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage RS Plus

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was performing a proximity barrel roll and lost more height in the manoeuvre than expected. They impacted the ground at speed, causing injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

19.07.2020 Female

Age:
47

Rating:
Pilot
Pleney
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage (Mk.1)

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot tripped whilst running off the landing and fell, causing injury.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

12.07.2020 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP
Le Plesney
France

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Level Wings
Flame

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was on landing approach and clipped a tree on his downwind leg, impacting the ground.

Seriously Injured
12.01.2020 Male

Age:
44

Rating:
CP
Pen Dinas
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Zero 2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot was ridge soaring his speedwing set to fast trim when the wing suffered an asymmetric collapse. The wing rotated then reinflated facing the slope. Pilot impacted heavily into gorse.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

25.12.2019 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
Full Pilot
Bradwell
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Air Design
Susi 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made a tight turn while ridge soaring then attempted a slope landing. Glider had not fully settled after the tight turn and was pitching while the pilot attempted to land. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
29.06.2019 Male

Age:
33
Talybont SW
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
5-10 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Firefly 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Student attempting first hops drifted across the slope and put out right hand to absorb impact. Student sprained wrist.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

15.12.2018 Male

Age:
26

Rating:
CP
Les Diablerets, Glacier 3000
Switzerland

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Rapi-dos

Launch Type:
Foot
Mini-wing pilot took off but hit ledge that was not visible from take-off. Wing collapsed and pilot fell 140m before coming to rest a further 100m down the snow slope.

Seriously Injured
11.12.2018 Male

Age:
42
Mount Caburn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
ASKA
One Seven

Launch Type:
Foot
Student clipped the top of a tree while on top to bottom flight and landed heavily.

Pilot
Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

Passenger
:
Lumbar Spine

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Last updated: 26 September 2021

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