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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 speedflyer/miniwing 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 36 entries for speedflyer/miniwing wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
12.07.2020 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
CP



Le Plesney,
France

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
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

Flying Experience:
4 years
10 hours
(28 hours)

Pen Dinas,
UK

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:
P

Flying Experience:
6 years

Bradwell,
UK

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,
UK

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

Flying Experience:
9 years
185 hours
(3 hours)

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

Flying Experience:
5 years

Mount Caburn,
UK

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

27.10.2018 Male

Age:
28

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
400 hours

Maiden Castle,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Niviuk
Zion

Launch Type:
Foot
Pilot initiated 360 degree turn but without sufficient height to recover from the manoeuvre before impacting the slope. Pilot impacted the slope at speed.

Seriously Injured
09.08.2018 Male



St Bees,
UK

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

Flying Experience:
5 years

Talybont East, South Wales,
UK

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:
P

Flying Experience:
25 years

Buttermere Moss,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent
Speedflyer/Miniwing

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
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Last updated: 1 December 2023

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