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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
29 Jul 2014 Male 57 CP Bell Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Firebird
Raven

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse at low level and then stalled glider. Pilot impacted heavily.

Seriously Injured
29 Jul 2014 Male 64 CP Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Atis 3

Pilot took off in increasingly gusty and thermic conditions with the prevailing wind at times in excess of 45 degrees off the hill. Shortly after take off the pilot experienced severe thermic turbulence at approx 20-30m. The glider suffered an asymmetric collapse and then further collapses causing the pilot to pendulum into the hillside.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

26 Jul 2014 Female 42 CP Combe Gibbet
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z

Pilot mistimed landing flare and stalled glider. Pilot landed heavily and hand hit the ground hard.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

26 Jul 2014 Male 52 Pilot Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint EVO

Pilot did not take time to establish thermic conditions and was caught out by heavy sink while thermalling. Pilot managed to top land but was then dragged into a stone wall.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

26 Jul 2014 Male 29 Elementary Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides 2

Student failed to control glider on launch resulting in an asymmetric collapse. The glider turned and the student landed heavily on one foot.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

25 Jul 2014 Male 25 Buchenberg
Germany
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Independence
Cruiser

Student was carrying out 360 degree turns under radio instruction. Student was in clear view of instructor on landing area but could not be seen from take off. Student had mid-air collision with student hang glider pilot who had just take off and had flown round a spur into the area where paraglider student was doing 360s. There was not time for the paragliding instructor to prevent the collision once the hang glider appeared. Both pilots landed in trees unhurt having successfully deployed their parachutes.

Unhurt
25 Jul 2014 Female 50 P Charbre
France
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Carrera

Pilot had asymmetric collapse while thermalling. The glider cravated resulting in a spiral dive with twisted risers. Pilot deployed parachute but it did not open. Pilot crashed heavily into mountainside.

Seriously Injured
22 Jul 2014 Male 0 Big Collin, Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders

Unqualified and untrained pilot fell2m from harness having failed to re-fasten leg straps after walking back up the hill.

Unhurt
20 Jul 2014 Male 44 Pilot pg Model Ridge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Geo3

Pilot misjudged approach to slope landing and had to abort due to small bushes in approach path. Pilot then dropped suddenly from 2-3m and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

20 Jul 2014 Female 43 Bell Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Mescal 3

Pilot mistimed slope landing flare due to perceived fast approach (possibly due to change in wind direction) and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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

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