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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
18 Jan 2020 Male 34 Pilot Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot attempted 360 degree turn close to the hill misjudging height and distance and ended up landing heavily downwind on the gentle slope close to the top of the hill.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
12 Jan 2020 Male 44 CP Pen Dinas
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Ozone
Zero 2

Pilot was ridge soaring his speedwing set to fast trim when the wing suffered an asymmetric collapse. The wing rotated then reinflated facing the slope. Pilot impacted heavily into gorse.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

8 Jan 2020 Male 52 AP Bradwell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Flow
XC Racer

Wind was off the hill and pilot experienced turbulence at the end of the ridge. Suffered asymmetric collapse and landed heavily but was able to PLF.

Unhurt
4 Jan 2020 Male 20 Pilot Butser West
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Makalu 4

Pilot made safe landing just out of landing field but dropped glider down on to tall bushes.

Unhurt
29 Dec 2019 Male 65 CP Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 4

Pilot attempted a 360 degree turn but misjudged height and distance from the slope. Pilot landed in field of brambles.

Unhurt
27 Dec 2019 Male 32 None Beddingham
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 3

Student stopped running prior to launch resulting in glider overflying student and pulling him over.

Minor Injuries
25 Dec 2019 Male 28 Full Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Speedflyer/Miniwing
Foot
Air Design
Susi 3

Pilot made a tight turn while ridge soaring then attempted a slope landing. Glider had not fully settled after the tight turn and was pitching while the pilot attempted to land. Pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
16 Dec 2019 Male 35 CP Nantymoel
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Not Turbulent
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
Icaro 2000
Pica

Pilot attempted to top-land due to the formation orographic cloud. Pilot misjudged approach and collided with the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

11 Dec 2019 Male 28 Pilot Bluestone
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Air Design
Susi 3

Pilot was pulled over while ground handling in windy conditions. On launching, pilot failed to notice that deployment handle had become dislodged. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
4 Dec 2019 Male 62 Pilot Beachy Head
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota

During ground handling in preparation for 1st flight of the day. Pilot was wearing new ski gloves due to cold conditions. A plastic hook attached by the manufacturer to the side of one glove got hooked onto one of the lines. Pilot was able with difficulty to unhook the line and control the wing. These hooks should be removed prior to use in paragliding!

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 January 2020 at 05:45:09 AM

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