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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 speedflyer/miniwing wings are displayed below in summary form.

The BHPA incident reports database is fully searchable. To refine your search you can specify a particular wing type and select "or" or "and". For example, if you want to search for paraglider incidents at Hay Bluff, for best search results select paraglider from the drop down list and the "and" option.

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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 36 entries for speedflyer/miniwing wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
Incident Reports

Date
20.07.2023

Pilot
Male

Age:
57

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
32 years
2500 hours
(61 hours)

Location
Bradwell Edge,
UK

Wind Strength:
30-35 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Niviuk
Roller 2

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Paraglider pilots narrowly avoided mid air collision while thermalling.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
05.03.2023

Pilot
Male

Age:
48

Rating:
Speed wing

Flying Experience:
3 years

Location
Coignafearn,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage 2 rs

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Just after take off pilot carried out barrel roll. Once out of the roll, pilot carried out a further barrel roll but had misjudged the available height. Pilot crashed at speed.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs


Date
09.12.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
46

Rating:
P

Location
Tor y Foel,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Rapidos

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot entered a turn at low level and impacted heavily.

Injury
Seriously Injured


Date
19.11.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
34

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
48 hours
(25 hours)

Location
Lords seat,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Fazor 4

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot did not gain enough airspeed on launch causing harness airbag to catch on the ground. Glider stalled and the pilot was thrown forward down the hill.

Injury
Seriously Injured


Date
20.09.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
40

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
8 years
330 hours
(30 hours)

Location
Kronplatz,
Italy

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Strong Turbulence,
Foehn

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage RS 2

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot launched with a group, 3 wings in front had good glide, as did the 1 behind. Pilot launched into sinking air and impacted slope heavily.

Injury
Seriously Injured,
Lumbar Spine


Date
13.11.2021

Pilot
Male

Age:
27

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
7 years
(80 hours)

Location
Hay Bluff,
UK

Wind Strength:
25-30 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Niviuk
Zion

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot attempted a tight 360 to try and release a knot in brake line. Pilot underestimated wind speed and distance from hill resulting in a heavy impact with slope.

Injury
Minor Injuries


Date
31.05.2021

Pilot
Male

Age:
30

Rating:
CP

Location
Mam Tor,
UK

Wind Strength:
35-40 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Ozone
Zero 2

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
During a soaring flight in thermic conditions the pilot experienced an asymmetric collapse whilst flying with trimmers released (accelerated). The paraglider turned towards its collapsed side, and into the hill. The pilot impacted the hillside and sustained injury.

Injury
Seriously Injured


Date
28.11.2020

Pilot
Male

Age:
50

Rating:
AP

Flying Experience:
27 years
500 hours
(38 hours)

Location
Pentland Hills,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Phi
Viola

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot, having misjudged his glide on landing approach, flew towards a gap in a line of trees. He caught a line on a tree, which turned his paraglider into the tree. Lack of visibility caused by flying into the low sun was a contributory factor.

Injury
Unhurt


Date
26.11.2020

Pilot
Male

Age:
36

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
10 years
600 hours

Location
Hay Bluff,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage RS Plus

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot was performing a proximity barrel roll and lost more height in the manoeuvre than expected. They impacted the ground at speed, causing injury.

Injury
Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs


Date
19.07.2020

Pilot
Female

Age:
47

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
12 years
150 hours
(2 hours)

Location
Pleney,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedflyer/Miniwing

Wing:
Swing
Mirage (Mk.1)

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
The pilot tripped whilst running off the landing and fell, causing injury.

Injury
Minor Injuries,
Feet, Legs

Last updated: 22 July 2024

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A number of incident analysis reports are also available in the safety section of our website. These are compiled from the individual incident reports submitted during the course of each year.

 

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