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British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

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
11 Dec 2018 Male 58 CP NHGPC
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Gin
Bolero 5

Line break at 20m resulted in glider diving forwards. This was not controlled by the pilot who swung under the glider, which appeared in a stalled state. Pilot landed heavily in a seated position.

Seriously Injured
11 Dec 2018 Male 67 Pilot Nigel's
Morocco
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Buzz Z5

Pilot attempted to top land but was too low resulting in a low, hook turn. Pilot injured wrist in cushioning fall.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28 Nov 2018 Male 30 Pilot Toripane
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Blacklight 2

Pilot took off with knot in lines having failed to carry out proper pre-flight check due to busy launch. Pilot corrected course but released brakes due to slow airspeed. Glider spun and pilot landed heavily on mountainside.

Minor Injuries:
Internal Injuries

18 Nov 2018 Male 59 Babadag
Turkey
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Delta 3

Glider overshot on launch inducing asymmetric collapse. Pilot continued to launch and the glider re-inflated with a small cravat. Pilot fell off the front of take-off inducing a 70% asymmetric collapse, which did not recover. The pilot managed to control his heading until the glider recovered and the pilot flew away safely.

Unhurt
16 Nov 2018 Male 37 Quattro Mojones
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Atom 3

Student drifted crosswind on launch and did not correct the drift. Student crashed into the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

6 Nov 2018 Male 30 Training slope
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
ICARO
Pica

Student on day 5 of a beginner course making small top to bottom flights. Flared on landing a little late, landed hard and sprained his ankle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

5 Nov 2018 Male 30 Training slope
Nepal
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
ICARO
Pica

Student released brakes too soon on take-off and landed heavily.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

4 Nov 2018 Male 59 Pilot Beachy Head
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Evo3

Pilot avoided usual top landing area due to paraglider activity. Pilot ended up downwind of a bank on approach and was caught by low level turbulence. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

28 Oct 2018 Male 63 Pilot Bir
India
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence
Leeside
Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Punk

Pilot was caught in turbulence while ridge soaring. Glider suffered asymmetric collapse then cascade. Pilot deployed parachute, which did not fully deploy. Pilot landed through trees, avoiding serious injury.

Unhurt
27 Oct 2018 Male 28 CP Maiden Castle
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Niviuk
Zion

Pilot initiated 360 degree turn but without sufficient height to recover from the manoeuvre before impacting the slope. Pilot impacted the slope at speed.

Seriously Injured
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 15 February 2019 at 05:45:07 AM

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