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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 pg 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 130 entries for powered pg wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
Incident Reports

Date
25.06.2024

Pilot
Male

Rating:
Unknown

Flying Experience:
1 year

Location
Landsdown,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Solo

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Bulldog,
Moster 185

Summary
The pilot lost control of their powered paraglider after entering a spiral dive over the landing field. They impacted the ground, sustaining injury.

Injury
Seriously Injured


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
08.10.2023

Pilot
Male

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
1 year
5 hours
(5 hours)

Location
Northern Skies HQ,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered PG

Launch Type:
Powered

Summary
Pilot on climb out was informed via Safe Sky about traffic. Pilot spotted Air ambulance helicopter and started immediate decent and landing. The helicopter passed within 300 M Laterally and 1-200 ft Vertically (as judged from the ground) No Issues. Airprox Filed.

Injury
Unknown


Date
09.08.2023

Pilot
Male

Age:
62

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
8 years
50 hours
(3 hours)

Location
London Colney Microlight Club,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Spyder 3

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot reverse launched but wing came up to one side. Pilot applied power thinking they could correct the wing, but stumbled and was pulled over onto the ground.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Pelvis


Date
27.05.2023

Pilot
Male

Age:
40

Rating:
PPG

Flying Experience:
7 years
300 hours
(20 hours)

Location
Somerton Drove,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
BGD
Epic Freestyle

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Parajet,
Maverick

Summary
Whilst practicing stall to tailslide, pilot was too quick catching the dive on recovering from the tailside. Wing then entered parachutal stall then heli. Pilot did not recover heli and experienced riser twist that locked the brake lines. Pilot realised wing was unrecoverable and deployed emergency parachute, landing safely.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
13.05.2023

Pilot
Male

Age:
36

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
60 hours

Location
Hartlepool Headland Town Moor,
UK

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
Ozone
Roadster 3

Summary
Pilot crashed while paramotoring but has no memory of the incident.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs


Date
12.05.2023

Pilot
Male

Age:
45

Rating:
Advance

Flying Experience:
27 years

Location
Bewaldeth,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
Flare
Moustache

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Two pilots were test flying Jet Turbine paramotors. Lead pilot misjudged turn into wind and hit the ground. Fuel tank ruptured on impact and spilled diesel onto hot engine with no negative effects.

Injury
Minor Injuries


Date
23.02.2023

Pilot
Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
40 years
350 hours
(40 hours)

Location
Wingland Airfield,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudek
Solo

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Bulldog,
Moster 185

Summary
During a 'go around' at 50ft agl, half of the carbon propeller detached causing severe vibrations. A fault with the pre-production Iris "Quickie" propeller hub was suspected.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
20.11.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
55

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years
70 hours
(100 hours)

Location
Northern Skies HQ,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
Dudeck
Solo

Launch Type:
Powered

Engine:
Parajet,
Zenith

Summary
Pilot landed normally but caught foot on clump of grass.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs


Date
09.08.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
54

Rating:
Unqualified

Location
New Church Farm, Tong,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Wing Type
Powered PG

Wing:
BGD
Luna 2

Summary
The incident occurred when the pilot's paraglider was induced into a turn by the ingestion of the left-hand control line into the turning propeller. The turn developed into a spiral dive, from which the pilot was unable to recover before impacting the ground.

Injury
Fatal

Last updated: 22 July 2024

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