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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
7 Jul 2019 Male 0 NHGPC
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
BGD
Base

Pilot went offline on tow. Winch operator guillotined the line but pilot continued to 360 and narrowly missed large trees.

Unhurt
7 Jul 2019 Male 76 CP NHGPC
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Buzz Z4

Pilot went offline on tow and failed to make the necessary correction. Winch was stopped but pilot continued with no correction and crashed into a tree.,

Unhurt
7 Jul 2019 Male 36 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Adam

The student was briefed to make several turns finishing to the left as the wind was coming from the left. At the time when the last left turn would have been appropriate he made a right turn (despite radio instruction) landing fast nearly downwind close to bushes. He ran it off stopping just short of a larger bush but got some scratches from the smaller ones.

Minor Injuries
6 Jul 2019 Male 57 Field opposite Upton Marina
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Other
Winch/vehicle Tow
Waterbird
Mistral

Student did parachute landing fall as is done with round canopy but hurt left shin. Checked by paramedic who was onsite.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

6 Jul 2019 Male 61 CP Brighstone
United Kingdom

Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Ozone
Buzz Z5

Pilot hit sinking air while ridge soaring and was unable to make chosen landing field. Pilot landed heavily with brakes on but caught arm on the ground.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

5 Jul 2019 Male 45 Pilot Sederon
France
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot was attempting low save but misjudged wind speed and distance from the hill. Pilot could not complete the turn and struck the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

29 Jun 2019 Male 33 Talybont SW
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Ozone
Firefly 3

Student attempting first hops drifted across the slope and put out right hand to absorb impact. Student sprained wrist.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28 Jun 2019 Male 34 Sierra de Beau
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 5

Student started forward launch but the glider did not come up straight. Student kept running despite being told to stop. Student fell over hitting back on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Internal Injuries

26 Jun 2019 Male 60 La paca lump
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 4

Student was launching glider and as glider came over head started to run, but fell over and landed on a rock which cut leg open.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

23 Jun 2019 Male 57 Parascending Pilot Birdwings, South Cerney Airfield
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Other
Winch/vehicle Tow
Performance Designs
Zero

On 13th vehicle tow of the day pilot signalled for release, vehicle slowed but canopy accelerated and felt the tow pressure increase suddenly, line broke just past the release and recoiled into pilot's face.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 22 September 2020 at 05:45:10 AM

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