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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.

Powered hang glider (Courtesy Ian Ferguson)

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

Incident reports for speedrider 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 2 entries for speedrider wings

Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
Incident Reports

Date
27.03.2022

Pilot
Male

Age:
42

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
15 years
670 hours

Location
Charvet,
France

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedrider

Wing:
Level Wings
Fury 9

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot landed on skis and continued to ski at some speed. Pilot forgot about a drop off and was unable to clear the opposite lip despite a big flare. Pilot struck lip with knee and came to rest on slope.

Injury
Seriously Injured


Date
29.01.2017

Pilot
Male

Age:
37

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
18 years
200 hours
(50 hours)

Location
Val d'isere,
France

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent

Wing Type
Speedrider

Wing:
Gin Gliders
Nano

Launch Type:
Foot

Summary
Pilot lost too much height on approach as he had not taken into account the strength of the valley wind. Pilot landed 10m short of landing area and caught glider on a lamp post, narrowly avoiding buildings and cars.

Injury
Unhurt

Last updated: 22 July 2024

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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