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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
20 May 2020 Male 0 CP Mere
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
777
Pawn

A paraglider pilot lost control of his wing and was dragged whilst attempting to launch. He collided with a bystander (a dual passenger), causing bruising to the bystander. The pilot was uninjured.

Unhurt
16 May 2020 Male 28 CP Hill Wetton Hill, Staffs
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
RUSH 5

Pilot ground handling on a hillside in thermic conditions was inadvertently lifted to approx 300ft agl. He used the speed bar to aid his descent and suffered a full frontal collapse which re-inflated just before impact.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

16 May 2020 Male 60 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure 2

The pilot was soaring on a new wing and was seen to be flying the wing slowly. Just above the top of the hill he made a turn and the glider started to spin. The pilot reacted by applying the control on the opposite side. The wing was seen to enter a deep stall and the pilot descended vertically to impact the hill.

Seriously Injured
15 May 2020 Male 51 Pilot Combe gibbet
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 5

Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider while thermalling close to the ridge on a crowded day. Both pilots were unhurt.

Unhurt
15 May 2020 Male 51 Pilot Selsley Common
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Arak

The pilot experienced a collapse in thermic air above takeoff. The pilot applied the controls in an attempt to damp the dive and control his pendulum under the wing. The wing was seen to descend vertically in a stalled state and the pilot impacted the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

15 May 2020 Male 59 CP Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Punk

The pilot was using his paraglider to kite back up the hill, downwind of a line of trees, in thermic conditions. He was inadvertently lifted off the ground in a gust and before he could gain control was turned into the hill where he suffered injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17 Mar 2020 Male 65 CP Dunes
Morocco
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion 5

Pilot intentionally stalled wing over sand from 2m to find stall point. On impact the emergency parachute deployed. Pilot noted that this had happened before from the Advance Progress 3 harness.

Unhurt
6 Mar 2020 Male 38 Pilot Frocester/nympsfield
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bonanza 2

Pilot misjudged approach to top landing and decided to collide with a small tree rather than making an extreme turn.

Pilot
Minor Injuries

Passenger
:
Feet, Legs

6 Mar 2020 Male 21 Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
ZENO

Pilot attempted to cobra launch his paraglider but was dragged into a group of people.

Unhurt
6 Mar 2020 Female 42 CP Cats Tor
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Phi
Symphonia

Pilot slope landed but tripped on tussock once feet down. Broke fibula, no further injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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