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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 speedflyer/miniwing wings are displayed below in summary form.

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There are 29 entries for speedflyer/miniwing wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
09.08.2018 Male St Bees
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Little Cloud

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot impacted slope while on downwind beat.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

12.07.2018 Male

Age:
30
Talybont East, South Wales
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
0-5 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Firefly 3

Launch Type:
Foot
Student on day 4 of speedflying course failed to turn into wind on final approach. Student crashed into trees but was unhurt.

Unhurt
03.06.2017 Male

Age:
38

Rating:
Pilot
Buttermere Moss
United Kingdom

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

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot
While flying a speed glider (Ozone Rapido 13) using a Gin Speedride harness the left side under arm plastic adjuster snapped mid barrell roll rapidly unloading the wing. The harness has a secondary strap which took the strain but the result was rapid weight shift to that side. The glider unloaded losing some pressure but did not collapse. Pilot was able to allow the wing to fly and landed safely.

Unhurt
20.06.2016 Male

Age:
40

Rating:
Pilot
Merthyr Tydfil
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h

Conditions:
Moderate
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Savage

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot made poor approach and was forced to take avoiding action to miss obstacles, resulting in a downwind landing in bracken.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

23.04.2016 Male Lords Seat
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h

Conditions:
Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Unknown

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot on speed wing got blown back in strong winds and crashed behind a wall where there would have been severe turbulence.

Seriously Injured
17.04.2016 Male

Age:
62

Rating:
AP
Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot got jacket stuck in Charley Insider helmet buckle. Could not dislodge it until landing.

Unhurt
21.01.2016 Male

Age:
51

Rating:
CP
Crete road west
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
30-35 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Firefly2

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered large collapse and was unable to regain control of the glider. Pilot impacted slope heavily.

Minor Injuries
12.10.2015 Male

Age:
64

Rating:
Pilot
Wolf Crag
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Zero

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse while speedflying and was unable to recover in height available.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

04.07.2015 Female

Age:
28

Rating:
None
Mount Caburn
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
25-30 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Bobcat

Launch Type:
Foot
Student turned off line despite radio instructions from the instructor and landed landed heavily.

Seriously Injured
11.03.2015 Male

Age:
42
High & Over
United Kingdom

Wind Strength:
10-15 Km/h

Conditions:
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
ASKA
17

Launch Type:
Foot
Student stepped heavily onto uneven ground while ground handling. Rolled up trousers against flying boots lead to leg fracture.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Last updated: 28 February 2021

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