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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
19 Jul 2002 Male 46 Pilot United Kingdom 0-8 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Nova
Xyon

Following launch the pilot took one wrap on the controls. He then encountered rising air in which he applied both controls with the intention of slowing the glider down, the result of this was that the canopy stalled. and the pilot landed heavily.

Small bite to tongue
17 Jul 2002 Male 29 Hay Bluff
United Kingdom
16-24 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Firebird
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Student failed to follow radio instruction during a soaring flight which resulted in him flying too close to the hill. The student did not turn away from the hill as he got lower and collided with the slope.

Broken Ankle
17 Jul 2002 Woldingham 2
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Apco
Spectra

Student encountered lift during low hop as he did so he applied some control - on instruction to release the control the pilot did so and swung forward resulting in a heavy landing.

Sprained ankle
15 Jul 2002 Female Club Pilot Westbury (North)
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Gusts

Paraglider
Foot (Reverse)
Airwave
Harmony

Pilot encountered turbulence whilst flying downwind towards the ridge. Her canopy dived forward and impacted some trees.

Neck and leg stiffness
14 Jul 2002 Male 38 Pilot Elidir
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Advance
Bibeta

During attmpted tandem launch the pilot and passenger tripped and fell onto stoney ground.

Slight custs and bruising one stitch required
13 Jul 2002 Male 51 Pilot Barton Airfield
0-8 km/h
Smooth/Steady

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Windtech
Coral

During PG tow launch the weak link broke causing the pilot to fall backwards - as he did so the quick release mechanism hit him in the mouth breaking a tooth.

Chipped tooth- dentist filled
13 Jul 2002 Tow Scar
United Kingdom
0-8 km/h
Variable

Paraglider
Foot (Forward)
Nova
Philion

Student stumbled whilst attempting low hop.

Stumbled and hurt right ankle- first aid applied
13 Jul 2002 Male Pilot North Luffenham
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Harley
454

During tow launch the left control line came free from the control loop. The tow was terminated at a safe height and the pilot landed maintaining direction of launch.

Sore Ankle
13 Jul 2002 Male Pilot North Luffenham
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow

Sportlife 396



Fractured bone in th efoot- plaster applied
13 Jul 2002 Male 46 Pilot North Luffenham
United Kingdom
8-16 km/h
Thermic

Paraglider
Vehicle/Boat Tow
Harley
Paramount

Tow release line came undone at time of release - pilot pulled up yoke and released by hand.

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 12 December 2018 at 05:45:09 AM

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