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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
16 Sep 2018 Male 58 Pilot Algodonales south east
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Ascent 3

Attempting to avoid imminent rain, pilot opted to land upwind of the landing field. Pilot suspects he stalled the wing on approach but has not memory of the events.

Minor Injuries:
Pelvis

13 Sep 2018 Male 59 Pilot Rybury
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 4

Pilot suffered small asymmetric collapse having passed behind another paraglider. Collapse was over-controlled and glider entered a spin. Pilot was swung into the hill and was then dragged. The wind had gone off the slope and was gusting.

Seriously Injured
13 Sep 2018 Male 68 EP Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo5

In focussing on getting his legs down for landing the student lost track of his altitude and flared too high, landing heavily.

Seriously Injured
12 Sep 2018 Male 41 Beddingham
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student became 'object fixated' on approach and caught his leg on the mud guard of a trailer.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

2 Sep 2018 Male 51 EP High & Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Evolution

Student had midi collision with another paraglider pilot while ridge soaring. Glider wing tips brushed together. Both pilots landed safely.

Unhurt
31 Aug 2018 Male 59 Pilot (Club Coach) Defford Croft Farm Airfield
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Aero Tow
Airwave
Fly 2

Pilot did not leave sufficient height for his circuit approach and landed heavily just short of the runway.

Pilot
Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

Passenger
Minor Injuries:
Cervical Spine

31 Aug 2018 Male 25 Unknown East Knoyle
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Paramania
GTX

Engine:

Parajet
Zenith

Glider seen going from stable flight into wing-over maneuver which progressed into deep spiral dive, which pilot was unable to recover. Rapid loss of height resulting in impact to ground and adjacent power lines.

Fatal
30 Aug 2018 Male 64 AP Chabre Ridge
France
5-10 Km/h
Moderate

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Moyes
Litespeed RX

Pilot was flying along a ridge of trees and was halfway down heading to the cliffs beside a landing field. Turned around to line up landing and did another turn to make sure no overshoot. During the last turn pilot was forced into trees due to posible rotor.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

29 Aug 2018 Male 59 Private field
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Reaction

Engine:

Pap
Top 80

Pilot attempted a turn at low level then applied excessive control causing the glider to spin. The glider recovered but entered a spiral dive and the pilot crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured
28 Aug 2018 Male 52 EP Friar Waddon
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Adam

Student was instructed to edge towards the hill in order to maximise the lift. Student turned sharply and crashed into the slope with straight legs.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 20 September 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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