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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.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
2 Jun 2020 Male 46 CP Leckhampton
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 5

The pilot was seen to attempt a top landing in gusty thermic conditions. The wing was seen to suffer asymmetric collapses at low level that led to the pilot impacting the hill.

Seriously Injured
1 Jun 2020 Male 0 Blaenavon
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


A launch assistant inadvertently deployed the emergency parachute during a tandem launch. The launch was aborted with the aid of a bystander who helped to secure the wing and emergency parachute.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
31 May 2020 Male 62 Advanced Pilot United Kingdom 15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
T2c

Pilot misjudged distance on approach to landing and failed to maintain sufficient airspeed to flare, leading to a heavy landing.

Unhurt
30 May 2020 Male 30 Pilot Abingdon Airfield
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Other
Winch/vehicle Tow
Harley
Harley

Upon release of the tow line, pilot induced a full stall and spin. During spin the break line snapped. Canopy self recovered. Pilot landed safely into wind using the rear risers.

Unhurt
30 May 2020 Male 0 CP Malverns Black Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
ICARO
Stratos

Pilot lost control of the glider due to a failure in the control system, and collided with trees. He subsequently found that a spoiler wire was tangled around a rib.

Minor Injuries
30 May 2020 Male 0 CP Mam Tor
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio2

The pilot was too low to turn to the landing field, being in close proximity to a line of trees between the slope he was flying and the landing field. He was seen to collide with the slope.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

30 May 2020 Male 47 CP Abingdon Army Base
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Other
Winch/vehicle Tow
Harley
Harley 288

The pilot attempted to fly back to launch and was not able to turn into wind to land. He attempted a crosswind landing on tarmac at speed and sustained injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

28 May 2020 Male 56 Pilot Ground handling Field
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


The pilot was ground handling his paraglider when some lines became snagged and damaged, having been caught around the ski goggle clip on the rear of his Sup Air "Pilot" helmet. Upon inspection he found that the screw casing for the clip (set into the moulded helmet shell) was protruding beyond the shell of the helmet. This caused the snag and damage to the lines.

Unhurt
27 May 2020 Male 61 Pilot High & Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Unknown

The wind direction changed during top landing approach. The pilot impacted hard and collided with a fence.

Minor Injuries
27 May 2020 Male 61 CP Mam Tor
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Arktik



Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 11 August 2020 at 05:45:09 AM

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