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Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

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Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

Incident reports for all wing types are displayed below in summary form.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 3175 entries for all wing types

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
Incident Reports

Date
21.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
30

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
5 years
400 hours
(45 hours)

Location
Manston Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Warp 2

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Bulldog,
Spirit

Summary
The paraglider suffered an asymmetric collapse during fully accelerated flight (full speed bar) and entered a spiral dive. The paraglider became entangled in the propeller during the collapse. The pilot deployed and landed under their emergency parachute.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
09.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
10 hours

Location
Devil's Dyke,
UK

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Unknown PG
Unknown

Summary
The reporting witness noted that the conditions had deteriorated and the pilot was attempting to land when they experienced a large asymmetric collapse which re-inflated. A large asymmetric collapse on the other side of the wing then occurred. The pilot managed to land without injury.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
06.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
72

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
49 years
800 hours
(3 hours)

Location
Woolacombe,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Wills Wing
Sport 3

Summary
The pilot impacted hard when top landing and swung through the A frame, resulting in upper limb injuries.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder


Date
02.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
77

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
200 hours
(4 hours)

Location
Combe Gibbet,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 5

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot was observed to be on approach to the landing field with their paraglider in big ears configuration. The wing entered a spin leading to a deep stall in conditions reported to be thermic, and the pilot impacted the ground sustaining injury.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine


Date
01.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
70

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
47 years
6000 hours
(14 hours)

Location
Strathyre,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Light Turbulence

Wing Type
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX 3.5 Pro

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
On landing approach following a cross country flight the hang glider accelerated in the final stage of flight before touchdown, possibly due to a sudden switch in wind direction from headwind to tailwind. The pilot impacted the ground hard and was trapped underneath the glider with an arm injury, unable to move. The pilot was assisted by walkers and a retrieve driver who reported that the pilot's satellite tracker SOS button (mounted on the control frame) was inaccessible to the pilot following the crash and could not be operated.

Injury
Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder


Date
25.05.2024

Pilot
Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
2 years
20 hours

Location
Chabre,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Mojo 6

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot was observed struggling to maintain directional control after take-off and the paraglider shape appeared distorted as if lines were knotted. The pilot landed in trees short of the landing field and dropped to the ground, sustaining injury.

Injury
Seriously Injured


Date
24.05.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
63

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
37 years
200 hours

Location
Red Cliffs,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Airwave
Pulse 2

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot turned to fly parallel to the cliff immediately after take-off without achieving sufficient airspeed and the pilot touched down cross wind, sustaining minor injuries.

Injury
Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder


Date
23.05.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
51

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
26 years
1000 hours
(40 hours)

Location
Vero,
France

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Strong,
Strong Turbulence

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bonanza 2

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot identified a landing field following a cross country flight and noticed on final approach the field was in the lee of a small cutting. As they approached, a thermal came through and the pilot inadvertently stalled the wing, sustaining injury.

Injury
Pilot:
Seriously Injured
Lumbar Spine

Passenger:
Lumbar Spine

Unknown


Date
20.05.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
2 hours
(2 hours)

Location
Blaenavon,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Ozone
Buzz Z7

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Preparing for a second flight after top landing, the pilot became aware that their emergency parachute had fallen out of their Gin Gingo 4 paragliding harness, despite having checked the emergency parachute handle was correctly installed as part of their pre-flight check. The pilot terminated the launch.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
19.05.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
41

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
20 years
100 hours
(4 hours)

Location
Farway,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Skywalk
Mescal 5

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Immediately after take-off the pilot became aware that their right control line was caught at the pulley, preventing control input on that side. They top landed and landed hard on their right leg sustaining injury.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

Last updated: 23 June 2024

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