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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
12 May 2019 Male 55 Heol Senni
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Student was flying close to the hill and despite being instructed to turn away, collided with the hill and was unable to run off the speed. Student stated he was in two minds whether to attempt a top landing.

Pilot
Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

Passenger
:
Feet, Legs

12 May 2019 Male 62 Pilot Blorenge
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Arak

Pilot attempted to top land in apparent light winds. Pilot was unable to run off landing speed despite a full flare. Pilot fell over on landing.

Seriously Injured
6 May 2019 Male 60 Pilot Lulworth Cove
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota 2

Whilst soaring on the coast pilot flew into rotor having not noticed a change in the wind direction. The glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and the pilot landed heavily, colliding with a wire fence.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

6 May 2019 Male 36 CP Coast Run
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Omega 8

Pilot was on a Coastal Soaring Run and did not realise the wind had switched. The pilot was low at the time and landed downwind on rocks.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

6 May 2019 Male 0 Pilot Coombe Gibbet
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot allowed himself to get distracted and connected risers wrong way round. On launch pilot found he was facing backwards. Pilot maintained control and bottom landed on his feet walking backwards.

Unhurt
29 Apr 2019 Male 53 CP Babadag
Turkey
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z6

Pilot called 'Takeoff' and proceeded to reverse launch. Pilot got the glider under control and proceeded to take off. The glider was flying with the pilot about 1.5m off the ground when a Tandem pilot with passenger reversed launched his wing into the path of the flying pilot. The wings entangled and the flying pilot crashed onto the takeoff suffering minor scrapes.

Minor Injuries
22 Apr 2019 Male 41 Pilot Col de la Forclaz
France


Paraglider
Advance
Sigma 10

While hanging in a static simulator practising reserve throws, pilot had extreme difficulty extracting parachute from the harness.

Unhurt
20 Apr 2019 Male 40 Pilot Mam Tor
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Xi

On attempting to launch the pilot was caught out by a strong thermal. The pilot lost control of the glider and was dragged back towards bystanders. One go the glider suspension lines caught a child round his neck. The child was not seriously injured.

Unhurt
20 Apr 2019 Male 35 Broughton Heights near Broughton Village Scottish Borders
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Gradient
Bright

Fatal incident under investigation

Fatal
20 Apr 2019 Male 30 CP Piedra Bonita
Brazil
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot took off for top to bottom flight but did not notice knot in B/C lines. Pilot tried to remove the knot by pulling on the lines but the glider entered a spiral dive at approx 20-30m above the trees. Glider caught trees and pilot landed heavily but unhurt.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 17 July 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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