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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
9 Jan 2019 Male 38 Pilot Lords Seat
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Macpara
Eden 6

Pilot took off in windy conditions and found the wind was stronger than expected and more off to the west than was ideal. Pilot had to apply increasing amount of speed bar to penetrate and eventually full bar to avoid being blown back over ridge. Pilot then suffered asymmetric collapse and was unable to recover before hitting the ground.

Unhurt
3 Jan 2019 Female 56 CP Herne Bay
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Pi2

Pilot stayed too close to the slope while ridge soaring and drifted sideways, impacting the slope.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Jan 2019 Male 43 Pilot Portland East
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Epic

Pilot attempted to top land at a cliff top and was caught out by rotor turbulence.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

1 Jan 2019 Male 51 Pilot Devil’s Dyke
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion 3 Light

Pilot was clipped into his equipment and standing on take-off assessing conditions when another pilot crashed into him.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

1 Jan 2019 Male 62 Pilot Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
ICARO
Aqila

Having adjusted his approach to avoid another paraglider on the ground the pilot found he was heading for a second pilot on the ground. Pilot was unable to avoid the second pilot and crashed into him.

Unhurt
18 Dec 2018 Male 52 Pilot Lagzira
Morocco
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure
Advance
Lightness2

During forward launch pilot did not notice A line had become caught on rear riser steering loop. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse but pilot was able to recover and land safely.

Unhurt
11 Dec 2018 Male 58 CP NHGPC
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Gin
Bolero 5

Line break at 20m resulted in glider diving forwards. This was not controlled by the pilot who swung under the glider, which appeared in a stalled state. Pilot landed heavily in a seated position.

Seriously Injured
11 Dec 2018 Male 67 Pilot Nigel's
Morocco
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z5

Pilot attempted to top land but was too low resulting in a low, hook turn. Pilot injured wrist in cushioning fall.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28 Nov 2018 Male 30 Pilot Toripane
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Blacklight 2

Pilot took off with knot in lines having failed to carry out proper pre-flight check due to busy launch. Pilot corrected course but released brakes due to slow airspeed. Glider spun and pilot landed heavily on mountainside.

Minor Injuries:
Internal Injuries

18 Nov 2018 Male 59 Babadag
Turkey
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 3

Glider overshot on launch inducing asymmetric collapse. Pilot continued to launch and the glider re-inflated with a small cravat. Pilot fell off the front of take-off inducing a 70% asymmetric collapse, which did not recover. The pilot managed to control his heading until the glider recovered and the pilot flew away safely.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 16 September 2019 at 05:45:10 AM

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