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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
5 Feb 2020 Male 49 Pilot Ansermanuevo
Colombia
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure

Pilot made emergency turn while on final approach to avoid low level power lines. Pilot's seat made contact with bump in the ground before legs could fully absorb the impact.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

3 Feb 2020 Male 71 AP United Kingdom




During repack session pilot noticed that the control handle sticks had been threaded through the metal rings. They should NOT have been put through the rings but simply inserted into the sleeves.

30 Jan 2020 Male 42 EPC Villaricos
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides 5
Sky Cruiser
Unknown

Student lifted legs on launch before the wing had taken the full weight of the pilot and his equipment. This resulted in the paramotor making a glancing contact with the ground and the prop puncturing the fuel tank. Instructor immediately stopped the flight as pilot was unaware of the damage.

Unhurt
25 Jan 2020 Male 47 Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Spark

Student launched the wing successfully then applied control on both sides changing the angle of attack of the wing. He drifted left and then raised his left hand and applied more control on the right causing the wing to spin from approximately 20ft.

Seriously Injured
22 Jan 2020 Male 55 AP Farmara cliffs
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Explorer

Pilot misjudged lift and made emergency landing on rocky beach. Glider and harness were dragged into surf and pilot was benighted but was able to escape from the beach the following morning.

Unhurt
21 Jan 2020 Male 54 CP Jerbourg cliffs
Guernsey
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Cayenne 5

Pilot was soaring coastal cliff when drop in wind forced him to bottom land. With limited options pilot landed on rocks.

Seriously Injured
19 Jan 2020 Male 57 AP Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Moyes
Rx3.5pro

Pilot approached a paraglider pilot who was invisible to him due to low sun. At the last second the pilot dived under and to the right of the paraglider, narrowly avoiding a collision.

Unhurt
18 Jan 2020 Male 34 Pilot Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot attempted 360 degree turn close to the hill misjudging height and distance and ended up landing heavily downwind on the gentle slope close to the top of the hill.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
12 Jan 2020 Male 44 CP Pen Dinas
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Ozone
Zero 2

Pilot was ridge soaring his speedwing set to fast trim when the wing suffered an asymmetric collapse. The wing rotated then reinflated facing the slope. Pilot impacted heavily into gorse.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

8 Jan 2020 Male 52 AP Bradwell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Flow
XC Racer

Wind was off the hill and pilot experienced turbulence at the end of the ridge. Suffered asymmetric collapse and landed heavily but was able to PLF.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 27 May 2020 at 05:45:09 AM

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