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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
20 Apr 2019 Male 30 CP Piedra Bonita
Brazil
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot took off for top to bottom flight but did not notice knot in B/C lines. Pilot tried to remove the knot by pulling on the lines but the glider entered a spiral dive at approx 20-30m above the trees. Glider caught trees and pilot landed heavily but unhurt.

Unhurt
19 Apr 2019 Male 54 AP Chillerton
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Zeno

Pilot slope landed but wind shifted pulling the pilot down the slope. Pilot put foot in rabbit hole and fell over.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

18 Apr 2019 Male 29 Bo-Peep
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Aeros
Target

Pilot flew too slow on his landing approach. The glider stalled and dropped the left wing. The pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

12 Apr 2019 Female 55 Pilot Primrose Valley,
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Anakis 2

Pilot attempted a top landing at a coastal site but was caught out by rotor turbulence. Glider suffered a frontal collapse and the pilot landed heavily sustaining serious injuries.

Seriously Injured
12 Apr 2019 Male 25 CP Pandy
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


Recently qualified pilot flew into leeside turbulence causing his glider to collapse. Pilot landed in rocks. Pilot was not a member of the local club and the site was classed as members only.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

10 Apr 2019 0 United Kingdom

Other
N/a

A service centre discovered that the bridle on a Gin Gingo Airlite harness had been sewn into the seem of the harness during manufacture. The seam was unpicked and the bridle released, then the seam repaired.

10 Apr 2019 Male 0 West Fell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Sup Air
Iona

Instructor was caught out by sudden (over a 20 second period) increase in wind strength. This resulted in a student having to make a top landing but was then dragged.

Minor Injuries
10 Apr 2019 Male 0 West Fell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Atom

Instructor was caught out by sudden (over a 20 second period) increase in wind strength. Ground handling student was dragged spraining his ankle and bruising his ribs.

Minor Injuries
2 Apr 2019 Male 55 Pilot Col du Forclaz
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
777
King

The pilot's glider displayed parachutal (deep stall) characteristics throughout an SIV course. On the final full stall of the third run of the second day the glider exited with two small cravats. As the pilot turned towards the landing/shore the glider went in to parachutal (deep stall). The glider on this occasion recovered quickly but with the subsequent height loss the pilot only had enough height to do a down wind landing approach with one cravat/big ear still in. To turn into wind would have risked a further stall. As the pilot was running off his excess speed he fell fracturing his arm.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Apr 2019 Male 46 CP Lijar Levente
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot hit sink on landing approach and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 16 June 2019 at 05:45:08 AM

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