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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.

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
Incident Reports

Date
21.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
48

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
27 years
600 hours
(2 hours)

Location
Silecroft,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot was soaring along a dune on a beat with a downwind component. Their harness contacted the dune and the paraglider then asymmetrically collapsed, dragging the pilot over the dune and into a fence post, where the pilot sustained injury.

Injury
Seriously Injured


Date
17.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
73

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
67 hours

Location
Woolacombe,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Phi
Beat Light

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
After take-off the pilot became aware that the outer A-line riser was trapped in the speed system link (between A and B risers), causing the wingtip to be pulled in. The pilot opted to land immediately and touched down safely. When the load came off the riser after touchdown, the trapped riser released itself back to its normal configuration.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
12.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
54

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
65 hours
(30 hours)

Location
East Hill Devon,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Bolero 7

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot encountered sinking air during take-off, on a tight tree-sided launch area, and they collided with a tree.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
12.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
68

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
41 years
1000 hours
(5 hours)

Location
Strathyre,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot landed in a field reported to be extremely tussocky. They swung through the A-frame as the glider came to a stop, sustaining injury.

Injury
Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder


Date
11.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Age:
49

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
31 years
690 hours
(5 hours)

Location
Glencoe,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Flexwing Hang Glider

Wing:
Moyes
RX

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot became aware of power lines when about to enter final approach to land. They changed their landing approach direction to avoid the hazard. They sustained minor injuries landing with a tailwind.

Injury
Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs


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

Last updated: 22 July 2024

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