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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
4 Jun 2017 Male 52 Pilot Bradwell edge
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint evo

Pilot spun glider while attempting to bottom land in strong windy and thermic conditions. Pilot saved serious injury as he landed in a tree.

Unhurt
2 Jun 2017 Male 46 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 4

Pilot was caught in leeside turbulence having misjudged the wind direction. Pilot crashed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

31 May 2017 Male 47 CP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Alpha 5

Pilot had mid-air collision with another paraglider shortly after launch.

Unhurt
26 May 2017 Male 47 AP Savoie
France


Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Enzo 3

Pilot lost control of glider while on competition task.

Seriously Injured:
Internal Injuries

25 May 2017 Male 52 Pilot Rushup Edge
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Sky Paragliders

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse shortly after take-off and lost control of his glider. Pilot struck the slope heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

25 May 2017 Male 37 CP Tan Hill, Wiltshire
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz 4

Pilot became boxed in while ridge soaring in breezy conditions. Wing tips touched with other glider but all landed safely.

Unhurt
25 May 2017 Male 38 Pilot Meall a Bhuachaille
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Alpina 2

Pilot twisted leg while doing fast slope landing causing spiral fracture to leg.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

23 May 2017 Male 66 Pilot Llangollen
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
Aspen 4

Pilot decided to top land in conditions where the wind was switching around causing occasional turbulence. Pilot suffered low level asymmetric collapse and landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

21 May 2017 Male 56 CP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint 3

Pilot attempted to gain height to fly round to the front of the hill knowing the wind had gone off to the east. Pilot lost height and flew back to the ridge but encountered leeside turbulence. Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse which he recovered but then suffered full collapse and struck hillside.

Minor Injuries
21 May 2017 Male 65 Pilot Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Knot attaching the control handle to the brake line became detached during inflation. Pilot fell while trying to control wing as it was blown across the slope. Glider had recently been serviced and the control lines adjusted.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 23 June 2017 at 04:30:08 AM

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