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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
7 Jun 2019 Male 0 CP Beklemeto North
Bulgaria
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Bgd
Epic

Pilot fell over on slope, landing in heather.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

1 Jun 2019 Male 50 Muggary Bottom
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Student reverse launched glider bit with a little too much brake. On facing forward he released the brakes and the glider overshot causing the student to fall forwards down the slope.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

31 May 2019 Male 41 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 5

Student reverse launched then turned to face forwards but was unbalanced by a gust. Student applied some brake and was dragged backwards for 10m before regaining control of the glider.

Seriously Injured
26 May 2019 Male 54 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Adam

Student was attempting speedbar exercise. Having trouble locating the bar with his foot, the student reached down but with the brake still in his hand. This turned the student back into the slope impacting foot first.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

21 May 2019 Male 57 Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

Pilot had wing above head prior to launch. Wind gust forced pilot off-balance causing him to impact a fence.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

20 May 2019 Female 58 Grahla Bay
Portugal
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Infinity 5

Student inflated glider in the smooth sea breeze in a straight and balanced reverse position. She was instructed to turn and go, but she stumbled and tripped over sideways. Putting her hand down to brake her fall, the glider turned towards the hillside pulling her over a bush and coming to rest on her back on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

19 May 2019 0 Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom


Flexwing Hang Glider


Pilot observed rust on inside of Austrialpin carabiner. Harness never been wet other than through general use; never stowed wet for example. Possible hairline crack as well? Pilot contacted manufacturer. These carabiners are used on the Tenax hang glider harnesses; in fact this specific one was the replacement one following the previous recall.

16 May 2019 Male 59 CP Whitewool
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot misjudged the strength of the venturi on the ridge. Pull up and control was OK but immediately lifted off and started to get blown back. Pilot landed safely initially but lost control of the wing in another strong gust and got blown back into hedges.

Minor Injuries
15 May 2019 Male 60 P Whernside
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota 2

Pilot was caught out by a sudden very strong gust whilst set up to launch, but had parked brakes to sort out twist in lines at carabiners. Pilot was dragged at speed into and over drystone wall, helmet taking full impact.

Seriously Injured:
Cervical Spine

15 May 2019 Male 49 CP Cairn o'mount
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Geronimo

Pilot initiated 360 degree turns to lose height on landing. On second turn the glider suffered an asymmetric collapse at approx 30m above the ground. The pilot did not react quickly enough and the glider collapsed fully. The wing partially recovered but the pilot landed heavily from approx 10m.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 July 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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