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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
9 Jun 2019 Male 58 P Trethill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Avax

Pilot crash landed in an area of possible rotor turbulence.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

9 Jun 2019 Male 39 Pilot Small local hill Shrewsbury
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
ICARO
Nikita 5

Pilot slipped on wet grass on landing.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

7 Jun 2019 Male 0 CP Beklemeto North
Bulgaria
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Bgd
Epic

Pilot fell over on slope, landing in heather.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

1 Jun 2019 Male 50 Muggary Bottom
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Student reverse launched glider bit with a little too much brake. On facing forward he released the brakes and the glider overshot causing the student to fall forwards down the slope.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

31 May 2019 Male 41 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 5

Student reverse launched then turned to face forwards but was unbalanced by a gust. Student applied some brake and was dragged backwards for 10m before regaining control of the glider.

Seriously Injured
26 May 2019 Male 54 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Adam

Student was attempting speedbar exercise. Having trouble locating the bar with his foot, the student reached down but with the brake still in his hand. This turned the student back into the slope impacting foot first.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

25 May 2019 Male 62 Pilot Long Mynd
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
A.I.R
Atos C

Nose section came adrift from glider while thermalling causing the glider to handle erratically.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
21 May 2019 Male 57 Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

Pilot had wing above head prior to launch. Wind gust forced pilot off-balance causing him to impact a fence.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

20 May 2019 Female 58 Grahla Bay
Portugal
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Infinity 5

Student inflated glider in the smooth sea breeze in a straight and balanced reverse position. She was instructed to turn and go, but she stumbled and tripped over sideways. Putting her hand down to brake her fall, the glider turned towards the hillside pulling her over a bush and coming to rest on her back on a rock.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

19 May 2019 0 Sutton Meadows
United Kingdom


Flexwing Hang Glider


Pilot observed rust on inside of Austrialpin carabiner. Harness never been wet other than through general use; never stowed wet for example. Possible hairline crack as well? Pilot contacted manufacturer. These carabiners are used on the Tenax hang glider harnesses; in fact this specific one was the replacement one following the previous recall.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 15 September 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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