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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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
20 Aug 2017 Male 50 CP Bradwell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion 4

Pilot took off in weak conditions. While ridge soaring pilot got close to another pilot and applied brake while already flying slowly, causing the glider to spin. Pilot got his hands up but too late to prevent a collision with the hill.

Seriously Injured
20 Aug 2017 Male 18 CP Parlick
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot was attempting wingovers to lose height for a top landing. The final wingover was mistimed, tension in the lines was lost and cravattes formed in both wingtips. Glider entered spiral dive; pilot deployed emergency parachute which opened just in time to prevent injury.

Unhurt
16 Aug 2017 Female 37 CP Kobala
Slovenia
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Spyder

Pilot was seen to be correcting oscillations on landing resulting in an asymmetric flare. Pilot twisted knee on landing as glider rotated.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

13 Aug 2017 Male 58 Pre cp Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Atom 3

Student went off line on take-off and did not apply enough corrective control. Winch operator guillotined the line but student landed heavily having failed to counter the pendulum.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

13 Aug 2017 Male 60 Shining Tor
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Apco
Prima

Student encountered thermal while doing short hop. Glider suffered frontal collapse and student landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

13 Aug 2017 Male 47 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Golden 4

Pilot was waiting to launch when a dust devil lifted him 10m into the air before dumping him in a bush.

Minor Injuries
11 Aug 2017 Female 45 AP Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Zeno

Pilot had taken off in changing wind conditions and with the sea breeze coming in. While low in front of the hill attempting to thermal out, the pilot experienced turbulence and suffered a 50% asymmetric collapse. Due to low height the pilot was unable to regain control before crash landing on the road below.

Seriously Injured
10 Aug 2017 Male 53 Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot landed out in non-crop, non-stock field after BPC task and was assaulted by farmer who drove over pilot's wing.

Unhurt
6 Aug 2017 Male 15 CP Devils Dyke
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 6

Pilot took off towards a thermal but got speed system caught up in stirrup. Pilot was flying towards another pilot and was unsure what to do as he felt he could not turn. Pilots narrowly missed each other then pilot was able to untangle speed system and continue flying.

Unhurt
4 Aug 2017 Male 46 Pilot Pena Negra
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 2

Pilot entered strong sink and was unable to make intended landing field. Pilot stalled from 4m while attempting to miss perimeter stone wall.

Seriously Injured
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 16 October 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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