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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
23 Feb 2019 Male 51 CP Mere ( Rifle Range )
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot turned into the hill while attempting to top land. Pilot assumed he would encounter lift as he had on the previous beat.

Minor Injuries
22 Feb 2019 Male 22 CP Macher
Spain
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Aeros
Target

Pilot stalled the glider while ridge soaring, lost control of the glider and impacted the side of the hill. Pilot sustained minor bruising and scratches on left arm, glider was unharmed.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

22 Feb 2019 Male 54 CP Windy Knoll
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse on final approach. Glider rotated and was blown back over larked cars. Pilot landed on cars but was uninjured.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
21 Feb 2019 Male 47 CP Curbar
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila 4

Pilot collided with the hill while attempting to sort out possible control line tangle.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

16 Feb 2019 Male 45 Pilot Newhaven
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen

Pilot misjudged height in weakening conditions and collided with a large rock on bottom landing.

Minor Injuries
15 Feb 2019 Male 19 CP Parlick South
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot kited glider up hill only to find it was very windy on top. Pilot attempted to collapse glider but control line became caught in parachute deployment handle and pulled parachute out of harness. Pilot eventually regained control and subsequently discovered flaps on harness to prevent line snags.

Unhurt
14 Feb 2019 Male 53 CP High & Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Atlas

Pilot slipped on landing straining knee.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

7 Feb 2019 Male 61 Nigels take off Morocco
Morocco
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Mescal 4

Student tracked sideways after launching then turned in towards the hill despite being told to turn away by the instructor. Student landed cross-slope heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

31 Jan 2019 Male 32 CP Bradwell
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Team 5
Blue

Pilot was flying with new foot stirrup and on launching caught his speed system around his flight deck. He rectified this then attempted to use his stirrup. On reaching for then stirrup he accidentally grabbed his parachute deployment handle and pulled it, releasing the pins. The parachute deployed and the pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
22 Jan 2019 Male 52 Pilot N/A
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

Pilot carried out a test parachute deployment on his Advance Lightness 3 harness in accordance with the harness manual and with the modified handle and deployment bag. He found the parachute would not deploy. He tried a second time pulling slightly rearward and again the parachute would not deploy. In both cases the rearward facing yellow retaining cable bent preventing release. On a third attempt the pilot pulled slightly forwards and the parachute deployed.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 19 July 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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