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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

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
24 Feb 2017 Male 53 CP El Bosque
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
ION 2 light

Pilot came in low to bottom landing resulting in aggressive final turn into wind. Pilot sprained ankle.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

19 Feb 2017 Male 49 Pilot Bagworth
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Ozone
Viper 4

Engine:

Techno-fly
Nitro 200

Pilot had mid-air collision with a second pilot who had been 300m above but was in an uncontrolled spiral dive. The collision caused the pilot to spin, damaging his glider. The glider then collapsed but the pilot was able to recover and land safely. The second pilot continued to spiral until hitting the ground sustains fatal injuries.

Unhurt
19 Feb 2017 Male 0 Bagworth Park Farm
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Powered
Wing:
Dudek
Snake

Engine:

Techno Fly / Air Conception
Octagon 190

The pilot was seen to induce a spiral dive at about 1000ft above ground level, and maintained the spiral. At approx 300ft above ground level the pilot was seen to impact a second pilot and they rotated through 360 degrees before separating. The second landed safely and was uninjured (his wing was damaged). The first pilot continued his spiral to the ground and suffered fatal injuries..

Fatal
18 Feb 2017 Male 64 Pilot Warren
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot was caught out by low cloud while coastal soaring. Pilot drifted back in zero visibility and found himself over a road with only 15m clearance. Pilot landed safely on the verge.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 51 Pilot The Warren
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was coastal soaring with four other pilots when they were caught out by coastal fog. The pilot attempted to fly along the cliff tops to avoid a collision, but without visibility, became disoriented. Pilot came out of fog low over a main road but was able to land safely.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 29 Warren
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
Air Design
Pure 2

Pilot took of for coastal flight but was caught out by sea fog. Pilot lost visibility and drifted over the back but was able to land safely.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 26 CP Milk Hill White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo

Pilot attempted a 360 degree turn in front of the hill but was too close. Pilot hit hillside.

Unhurt
18 Feb 2017 Male 56 Pilot Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

Pilot had to take collision avoidance action while ridge soaring with the ridge to his right. Pilot was forced to turn right and top land downwind to avoid colliding with the other pilot.

Unhurt
17 Feb 2017 Male 47 Pilot Whixhall
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Powered PG
Foot
Ozone
Spyder
WASP
EOS100

The pilot started his engine an left it idling as it had a clutch, while he sorted out his wing. On returning to the engine the pilot held the frame with his right hand and picked up the throttle with his left. On picking up the throttle up he accidentally applied pressure, causing the motor to lurch forward unexpectedly. The pilots hand slipped off the frame and into the moving prop.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

7 Feb 2017 Male 42 Pilot Los Tanques
Colombia
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skyman
Cross Country

Pilot got low between two sets of power lines and opted to slope land. Pilot hit sink then suffered an asymmetric collapse landing heavily.

Seriously Injured
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 26 April 2017 at 04:30:07 AM

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