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Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
25 Jan 2020 Male 47 Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Spark

Student launched the wing successfully then applied control on both sides changing the angle of attack of the wing. He drifted left and then raised his left hand and applied more control on the right causing the wing to spin from approximately 20ft.

Seriously Injured
21 Jan 2020 Male 54 CP Jerbourg cliffs
Guernsey
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Cayenne 5

Pilot was soaring coastal cliff when drop in wind forced him to bottom land. With limited options pilot landed on rocks.

Seriously Injured
19 Jan 2020 Male 57 AP Bradwell Edge
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Moyes
Rx3.5pro

Pilot approached a paraglider pilot who was invisible to him due to low sun. At the last second the pilot dived under and to the right of the paraglider, narrowly avoiding a collision.

Unhurt
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
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 27 February 2020 at 05:45:10 AM

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