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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
15 May 2015 Male 47 P Worcestershire Beacon
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Blacklight

Pilot took off and immediately noticed a pronounced 'right turn' in the wing. Unable to rectify the problem and concerned about the stability of the wing, the pilot deployed his parachute. Having landed safely the pilot discovered a knot in the upper lines on the right side of the glider. He also noticed that both brake lines had become severely twisted, despite having anti-twist swivels fitted. He suspects this may have contributed to the incident.

Unhurt
10 May 2015 Male 57 Pilot Newhaven cliff
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Mac Para
Envy II

Pilot hit cliff top whilst soaring too low. Fall down cliff arrested by wing snagging on rocks.

Minor Injuries
9 May 2015 Male 46 BHPA Pilot Rated Highlands
United Kingdom


Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Alpina 2

After flying with Big Ears and speed bar for several minutes the pilot discovered that on attempting to release the big ears, the upper cascade outer lines had knotted up. The pilot could not release the knots but landed safely.

Unhurt
4 May 2015 Male 0 Pilot Strete
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Swift 2

Pilot got to end of beat on a wooded, coastal cliff and, knowing there was a glider behind him, shouted "turn", expecting the other pilot to react. Pilot found himself on a head-on course and so turned tightly causing the glider to spin. Pilot landed in trees

Unhurt
27 Apr 2015 Male 62 Pilot Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 3
Gin
Gingo II

Pilot dropped out of thermal while low over trees. Turned away but stabile line caught branch and turned pilot into another tree.

Unhurt
23 Apr 2015 Male 37 Pilot Bo Peep
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta

Pilot loses control of his glider at low level and impacts heavily.

Unhurt
21 Apr 2015 Female 0 Latrigg
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Wave

Student over flew landing area and on approach flew into a tree.

Unhurt
21 Apr 2015 Male 0 CP Mam Tor
United Kingdom


Paraglider


During a pre-flight check, pilot noticed that harness buckle had failed. The spring return on one of the locking clips on the buckle failed, preventing the buckle from fully closing and locking.

Unhurt
15 Apr 2015 Male 56 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint EVO

Pilot was caught out by strengthening wind and was unable to penetrate. Just before touching down, a gust lifted the pilot and dropped him in a bush.

Unhurt
15 Apr 2015 Male 52 Pilot Rybury
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Omega 8

The pilot tried to 360 in front of the hill and pulled on excessive inside brake to avoid the hill. The inside wing stalled and the glider entered a spin. The glider recovered after a 180 degree turn in the direction of the hill. The pilot was fortunate in that he glanced rather than impacted the hill.

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

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