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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 powered hg wings 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 30 entries for powered hg wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
Incident Reports

Date
16.12.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
60

Rating:
NPPL

Flying Experience:
37 years
300 hours
(6 hours)

Location
Chilbolton Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Flylight
Foxcub

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Polini,
Thor

Summary
While taxiing back at the end of the flight, the pilot heard a 'thud, thud' from behind. The Foxcub SSDR has a disc brake to stop the propeller windmilling while thermalling. The bracket holding the disc brake housing had fractured and the housing had hit the prop and bent the disc rotor.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
09.08.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
56

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
33 years
2291 hours
(50 hours)

Location
Coal Aston Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Flylight Airsports
PeaBee

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Vittorazi,
Moster 185 Silent

Summary
While flying XC pilot heard a bang and felt the base bar move. Pilot landed and carried out an inspection. Pilot discovered breather tube had been sucked out into the airflow and had struck prop. Pilot made repairs and fixed breather tube with cable ties to prevent reoccurrence.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
18.07.2021

Pilot
Male

Age:
54

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
33 years

Location
Dee Estuary,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Airplay
Grif 3DC

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Vittorazi,
Moster

Summary
The control frame was pulled in towards the pilot and rolled to the right during a taxi-ing manoeuvre. The propeller struck the rear wire, which was completely severed. The pilot ceased flight operations.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
24.02.2019

Pilot
Male

Age:
44

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
7 years
12 hours
(1 hours)

Location
Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Fly

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
WASP,
SP MK IV

Summary
Pilot took off on powered hang glider but entered a slight turn when reaching across to mouth throttle to disengage the safety cut off. Glider remained in a gentle turn despite the efforts of the pilot who suspected the glider may have stalled. Pilot increased speed and decided to land immediately. Pilot was able to land with only minor damage to the glider.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
24.08.2016

Pilot
Male

Age:
61

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
22 years
60 hours

Location
Homestead Farm,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Wills Wing
Eagle

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Flylight,
Doodlebug

Summary
Pilot took off and motor sounded rough. Pilot carried on but had trouble gaining height. Pilot found himself with few landing opportunities and was forced to land in a field, narrowly missing power lines. Pilot had not flown in 3 years.

Injury
Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs


Date
25.05.2016

Pilot
Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
30 years
100 hours

Location
Open field, with informal consent, not registered,Cotmarsh, Broadtownsh,,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot did not carry out a proper pre-flight check and took off not directly into wind. Pilot then pushed out without correct airspeed resulting in a turn and stall. Pilot uninjured but prop damaged.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
02.03.2012

Pilot
Male

Age:
38

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
7 hours
(7 hours)

Location
Darley Moor,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Offpiste
Discovery

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Wasp,
Wasp

Summary
While on a powered hang glider flight the battery for the power unit caught fire. The pilot made an emergency landing.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
24.07.2011

Pilot
Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Location
Bethel,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-11 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Airwave
Magic 4

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Doodlebug

Summary
Rear wire broke during aborted take-off.

Injury
None


Date
05.09.2010

Pilot
Male

Age:
61

Rating:
CP

Location
Avranches,
France

Wind Strength:
0-11 km/h

Conditions:
Smooth/Steady

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Flylight,
Doodlebug

Summary
Pilot took off in light winds climbing to 80ft. In attempting to open airframe throttle pilot opened choke in error. In attempting to correct pilot inadvertently allowed glider to stall. Glider crashed in power on spiral.

Injury
Fractured femurs, ribs and facial injuries. collapsed lung.


Date
22.08.2004

Pilot
Male

Age:
62

Rating:
CP

Location
Hill Farm Norfolk,
UK

Wind Strength:
16-24 km/h

Conditions:
Thermic

Wing Type
Powered HG

Wing:
Avian
Rio

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
radne,
racket 120

Summary
Pilot tore leg muscle on attempting to launch. Later taken to hospital after passing out. Found that leg straps had been too tight and restricted circulation and ability to expand and contract.

Injury
Torn leg muscle

Last updated: 22 July 2024

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