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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.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
3 Aug 2019 Male 35 CP Beachy head
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 2

Pilot turned into hill on approach, minor stall and spin with incorrect actions resulted in landing in hawthorn tree.

Unhurt
3 Aug 2019 Male 30 Pilot High and Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was hill soaring when sea breeze began to come in. Pilot decided to land but suffered a large collapse at 50ft. Glider entered a cascade and pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
2 Aug 2019 Male 57 Newhaven cliffs
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 5

Pilot's first flight on a high B glider and full stalled due to flying too slow before attempting to turn. Pilot fell back onto cliffs before wing reinflated and pilot flew forward and landed safely.

Unhurt
2 Aug 2019 Male 70 Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 4

Student fell forward on first hop having allowed glider to overfly him. Student tripped and banged head.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

1 Aug 2019 Male 0 Pilot Coombe Gibbet
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot was walking back up the slope and decided to kite the glider up the last 80ft. Pilot was lifted off by a gust and had not put his helmet back on. Pilot was able to land safely.

Unhurt
30 Jul 2019 Male 56 CP Galicica,
Macedonia
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Adam

Pilot misjudge altitude on final approach, made a sharp turn at 10m which resulted in pendulum effect. High speed impact with a parked car.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

29 Jul 2019 Male 72 Pilot Mere Rifle Range
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BDG
Base

Under investigation

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

29 Jul 2019 Male 52 AP Friar Waddon
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Punk

Pilot entered spiral to lose height but quickly began to "grey out". Pilot was able to ease off the spiral just in time to prevent total loss of vision and land safely.

Unhurt
26 Jul 2019 Male 47 West Mersea,
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Very Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Mojo3

Student under training was being winched launched. Wind had been stable. Overcast with sunny intervals. Gust of wind came through and took the pilot higher into the air. Glider spun and pilot crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

23 Jul 2019 Male 56 CP Beesands
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

Under investigation

Fatal
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 27 May 2020 at 05:45:09 AM

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