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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.

If a "formal investigation" has been undertaken into one of the incidents listed below, a link to the relevant formal report will be displayed below the incident date.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
9 Jun 2020 Male 68 Pilot Bo Peep
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Phi
Maestro

The pilot attempted a 360 degree turn in a thermal and misjudged his height and proximity to the hill, leading to an impact with the hillside.

Minor Injuries:
Cervical Spine

8 Jun 2020 Male 31 Club Pilot Butser North
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Vivo
Air Design

The pilot flew out of the lift band, found himself losing height and elected to perform a slope landing. He landed heavily and fell over, sustaining injury.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Jun 2020 Male 67 Advanced Pilot Pendle Hill
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Very Strong
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 10

The pilot experienced a large asymmetric collapse in thermic conditions and lost control of his wing, leading to an impact with the ground.

Minor Injuries:
Cervical Spine

2 Jun 2020 Male 42 CP Bratton Camp
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Triple Seven
Knight

The pilot misjudged his landing approach. In an attempt to avoid overshooting he reduced his airspeed and undertook low S turns, leading to a heavy landing.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

2 Jun 2020 Male 46 CP Leckhampton
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 5

The pilot was seen to attempt a top landing in gusty thermic conditions. The wing was seen to suffer asymmetric collapses at low level that led to the pilot impacting the hill.

Seriously Injured
1 Jun 2020 Male 0 Blaenavon
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


A launch assistant inadvertently deployed the emergency parachute during a tandem launch. The launch was aborted with the aid of a bystander who helped to secure the wing and emergency parachute.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
31 May 2020 Male 62 Advanced Pilot United Kingdom 15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
T2c

Pilot misjudged distance on approach to landing and failed to maintain sufficient airspeed to flare, leading to a heavy landing.

Unhurt
30 May 2020 Male 30 Pilot Abingdon Airfield
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Other
Winch/vehicle Tow
Harley
Harley

Upon release of the tow line, pilot induced a full stall and spin. During spin the break line snapped. Canopy self recovered. Pilot landed safely into wind using the rear risers.

Unhurt
30 May 2020 Male 0 CP Malverns Black Hill
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Strong
Moderate Turbulence

Rigid Hang Glider
Foot
ICARO
Stratos

Pilot lost control of the glider due to a failure in the control system, and collided with trees. He subsequently found that a spoiler wire was tangled around a rib.

Minor Injuries
30 May 2020 Male 0 CP Mam Tor
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Avian
Rio2

The pilot was too low to turn to the landing field, being in close proximity to a line of trees between the slope he was flying and the landing field. He was seen to collide with the slope.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 8 July 2020 at 05:45:09 AM

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