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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
2 Aug 2019 Male 70 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 4

Student fell forward on first hop having allowed glider to overfly him. Student tripped and banged head.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

1 Aug 2019 Male 0 Pilot Coombe Gibbet
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot was walking back up the slope and decided to kite the glider up the last 80ft. Pilot was lifted off by a gust and had not put his helmet back on. Pilot was able to land safely.

Unhurt
30 Jul 2019 Male 56 CP Galicica,
Macedonia
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Adam

Pilot misjudge altitude on final approach, made a sharp turn at 10m which resulted in pendulum effect. High speed impact with a parked car.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

29 Jul 2019 Male 72 Pilot Mere Rifle Range
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BDG
Base

Under investigation

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

29 Jul 2019 Male 52 AP Friar Waddon
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Punk

Pilot entered spiral to lose height but quickly began to "grey out". Pilot was able to ease off the spiral just in time to prevent total loss of vision and land safely.

Unhurt
27 Jul 2019 Male 52 CP Woolacombe
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Aeros
Target

Pilot made excessive flare on landing in breezy conditions. Glider rose up then fell to the ground with pilot still holding the uprights.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

23 Jul 2019 Male 56 CP Beesands
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

Under investigation

Fatal
23 Jul 2019 Male 53 Pilot Planpraz
France
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 5

Pilot experienced extreme turbulence in an area he had flown through earlier with no problems. Pilot lost control and impacted cliff.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

19 Jul 2019 Male 56 CP Morzine
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Blacklight
None
None

Pilot spun glider while trying to avoid power lines having been attempting to thermal close to the hill.

Unhurt
17 Jul 2019 Male 32 CP South coast
Guernsey
10-15 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 4

Pilot misjudged wind direction and encountered sinking air while coastal soaring. Pilot attempted a safe landing but spun the glider by flying too slowly.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 September 2019 at 05:45:14 AM

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