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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
25 Aug 2019 Male 28 CP Alkus
Austria
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Alpha
Alpha 5

Pilot took off but once clear of the trees was immediately hit by the valley wind blowing at 90 degrees to take-off. Pilot was blown sideways and attempted to turn with the wind to avoid the trees. Unfortunately a wing tip caught on a pine tree resulting in the pilot swinging into the tree.

Unhurt
24 Aug 2019 Male 60 AP Coll D’Ares
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Light Turbulence

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
A.I.R
ATOS VQ11

Pilot misrigged glider while on the last day of a comp. Rib had not located on one side of the wing causing a flutter in the wing and a shudder on the basebar at speed. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
23 Aug 2019 Male 30 CP Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
ION 2

Pilot suffered a stall on approach to top land in breezy conditions. Pilot suspects encountering unusual gust while on the brakes caused stall. Pilot considered it a poor decision to land where he did.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21 Aug 2019 Male 57 P Milk Hill White horse
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Bi Beta 4

Tandem pilot suffered symmetric collapse at 20m but both pilot and passenger landed gently on feet. Pilot and passenger were then dragged until pilot regained control.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
20 Aug 2019 Male 67 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot encountered turbulence while ridge soaring, probably due to leeside rotor coming over a spur, and landed heavily.

Unhurt
20 Aug 2019 Male 49 Pilot Woolacombe
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Niviuk
Peak 4

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse and rotation when entering rough thermal at low level. Pilot struck ground as glider rotated. Pilot suspects being in the lee of higher ground was responsible for turbulence.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

17 Aug 2019 Male 70 Pilot Aberavon Dunes
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Aeros
Target

Pilot attempted to take off in breezy conditions on dunes but was immediately turned causing a heavy landing.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

14 Aug 2019 Male 65 AP Pena Negra
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Phi
Maestro

As speed bar was applied the webbing of the mechanism which pulls the B riser down broke. Pilot released the speed bar and continued the flight without using it further.

Unhurt
13 Aug 2019 Male 25 Pilot Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Very Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
777
Queen 2

Pilot thermalled up in 'blue hole' thermal above the height of cloud base. Cloud then formed around pilot who tried to escape by flying downwind. The cloud became turbulent and the pilot attempted to spiral out of the cloud but without success. Pilot deployed parachute but maintained height within the cloud until eventually sinking out and landing in a tree. Pilot was rescued from the tree safely.

Unhurt
12 Aug 2019 0

Other


Gin Verso airbag harness was in for routine parachute repack and packer noticed airbag in harness had split along an internal seam therefore allowing air to escape. Packer noted that this was a recurring problem with this type of harness.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 16 October 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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