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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
4 May 2002 Male 33 Pilot Hillend Edinburgh
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Edel
Promise

Whilst collapsing the canopy following landing a gust caused the canopy to inflate pulling the pilot up and backwards. The pilots helmet hit a fence and snagged as the rest of his body was pulled over the fence.

Concussion & Strained muscle in neck
4 May 2002 Male 67 Club Pilot Kennel Farm
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Winch Tow
Ozone
Electron

Following a tow launch the pilot flew downwind back to launch. He failed to turn into wind to landed - downwind landing.

3 May 2002 Female 39 Club Pilot United Kingdom

Paraglider
Apco
Fiesta S

Brummel hooks were wider than 1mm suggested gap - discovered upon inspection.

3 May 2002 Male 45 Pilot Dora
Cyprus
24-32 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Carbon

Following a soaring flight the pilot appraoched the top landing by making a downwind leg then turning into wind. On turning into wind the pilot realised his glider wasnt penetrating forward. At 20ft his canopy collapsed and he fell to the ground.

Broken right Wrist- fractured lower radius
25 Apr 2002 Male 36 Pilot Shinning Tor
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot (Assisted)
Avian
Amour159

Following a short xc flight the pilot misjudged his approach into a field clipping the roof of a barn on his final turn into wind. The glider rotated left and then inverted.

Sprained Left Wrist Bruised Hip
24 Apr 2002 Male 44 Pilot Hill Farm, Norfolk.
8-16 km/h
Variable

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Off Piste
Discovery

Engine:

Radne 120

During flight a spring from the exhaust broke from its mounting and fell into the propellor which catapulted it into the sail causing a tear.

24 Apr 2002 Male 41 Club Pilot Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Powered HG
Powered
Wing:
Avian
Rio

Engine:


During an early power launch the pilot released the power once airborne and then immediately flared the glider causing the right wing to stall and touch the ground, the glider rotaed about this wing and impacted the ground.

21 Apr 2002 Male 25 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
FreeX
Sun

Student tripped and fell whilst ground handling the canopy.

Unspecified injury to R arm/shoulder.
20 Apr 2002 Male 19 Barton
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Swing
Mistral

During a tow launch the canopy gained 6ft altitude before descending due to lack of tension - as it did so the pilots body rotated resulting in the injury.

Unspecified injury to left leg.
20 Apr 2002 Male 44 Pilot Steyning
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Trekking
Dynasty

Flying in turbulent conditions encountered sinking air as he turned away from the ridge. This resulted in him sinking below the ridge and approaching a tree, the pilots attemps to turn away from the tree were too late.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 12 December 2018 at 05:45:09 AM

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