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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.

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
7 May 2018 Male 38 CP Darley moor
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Mojo pwr

Engine:

Miniplane

Upon take-off, reserve parachute situated underneath harness seat deployed acting as ground anchor and air brake. Pilot was pulled backwards by initial braking and glider stalled. Pilot walked away with slight bruising. Although reserve appeared in tact before take-off, pilot did not check pins.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

5 May 2018 Male 35 United Kingdom 0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Freeride
Parajet
Mavrick

Pilot was flying low approx 8.30pm towards setting sun and taking care looking for obstacles. Did not see low level power line and collided with the cables.

Seriously Injured
4 May 2018 Male 62 None Aldbrough
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Dudek
Synthesis 2
Bulldog
Moster

Pilot stalled glider after engine cut out on practise approach.

Minor Injuries
15 Mar 2018 Male 55 None aircraft mechanic United Kingdom

Powered PG

Bailey paramotor

Experienced Aircraft Mechanic completely unfamiliar with paramotoring decided to work at home on a friends paramotor. The engine was run without a safety cage but sitting on a small wood board. The engine suddenly reved up, started to lift and tilt releasing from the board. The mechanic was struck hard on the face diagonally with 2 strikes from the carbon prop that did eventually break.

Seriously Injured:
Head Injuries

14 Jan 2018 Male 52 CP Hope Cove
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
Pollini
Thor130

On making his approach to land the pilot entered rotor turbulence caused by nearby cliffs. Wind had changed direction in the hour since the pilot took off.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

3 Dec 2017 Male 0 Pilling
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Apco
NRG Pro

Engine:

Apco
Air Comfort

Pilot lost control of glider while flying at low altitude and crashed into ploughed field.

Fatal:
Internal Injuries

15 Nov 2017 Male 51 CP Bornos Lake
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
Miniplane
Miniplane moster

Pilot lost balance on launch having recovered from small frontal collapse then fell forward dislocating his shoulder.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

8 Oct 2017 Male 30 CP DUNGIVEN WEST
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Unknown

Engine:

PAP I THINK

Pilot tripped on launch and cut nose on spectacles.

Minor Injuries
13 Aug 2017 Male 38 Non bhpa N/a
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Apco
Force 2
Parajet
Zenith V5s

Pilot was climbing out of field when glider entered a spin at low level. Pilot impacted heavily before recovery could be achieved.

Seriously Injured
5 Jul 2017 Male 62 Pilot Moreton Common
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Niviuk
Kougar 2

Engine:

TechnoFly
Octagon (Nitro)

Pilot was walking towards wing with engine running (warm up phase) when it went to full power and throttle cable caught in propeller, pulling hand backwards through netting into spinning propeller as he fell sideways onto ground.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 July 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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