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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
20 Aug 2019 Male 67 Pilot Dunstable Downs
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chili 3

Pilot encountered turbulence while ridge soaring, probably due to leeside rotor coming over a spur, and landed heavily.

Unhurt
13 Aug 2019 Male 25 Pilot Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Very Strong
Moderate Turbulence
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
777
Queen 2

Pilot thermalled up in 'blue hole' thermal above the height of cloud base. Cloud then formed around pilot who tried to escape by flying downwind. The cloud became turbulent and the pilot attempted to spiral out of the cloud but without success. Pilot deployed parachute but maintained height within the cloud until eventually sinking out and landing in a tree. Pilot was rescued from the tree safely.

Unhurt
12 Aug 2019 0

Other


Gin Verso airbag harness was in for routine parachute repack and packer noticed airbag in harness had split along an internal seam therefore allowing air to escape. Packer noted that this was a recurring problem with this type of harness.

8 Aug 2019 Male 27 Pilot Ballard
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure

Pilot was attempting acro manoeuvres while coastal soaring and fell into left side riser, splitting the B's and C's. Pilot deployed parachute and landed in shoreline unhurt.

Unhurt
8 Aug 2019 Female 0 AP Golden Ball
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Alpina 3

Pilot encountered another pilot who was flying aggressively, erratically and close to other pilots.

Unhurt
4 Aug 2019 Male 49 Pilot Eype
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
BiBeta 5

Pilot was approaching to land at coastal site when increased wind meant limited space to veer from chosen landing approach. As the pilot flared to land the bottom of the passenger harness struck the head of a person standing in the field.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
4 Aug 2019 Male 51 Newhaven Cliffs
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Rush 1

Pilot had an almost 'head-on' mid-air collision with another paraglider pilot while flying close to the ridge with the ridge on his right.

Unhurt
3 Aug 2019 Male 35 CP Beachy head
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 2

Pilot turned into hill on approach, minor stall and spin with incorrect actions resulted in landing in hawthorn tree.

Unhurt
3 Aug 2019 Male 30 Pilot High and Over
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Epsilon 8

Pilot was hill soaring when sea breeze began to come in. Pilot decided to land but suffered a large collapse at 50ft. Glider entered a cascade and pilot landed heavily.

Minor Injuries
2 Aug 2019 Male 57 Newhaven cliffs
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 5

Pilot's first flight on a high B glider and full stalled due to flying too slow before attempting to turn. Pilot fell back onto cliffs before wing reinflated and pilot flew forward and landed safely.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 21 September 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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