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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
17 Mar 2020 Male 65 CP Dunes
Morocco
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Ion 5

Pilot intentionally stalled wing over sand from 2m to find stall point. On impact the emergency parachute deployed. Pilot noted that this had happened before from the Advance Progress 3 harness.

Unhurt
6 Mar 2020 Male 38 Pilot Frocester/nympsfield
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bonanza 2

Pilot misjudged approach to top landing and decided to collide with a small tree rather than making an extreme turn.

Pilot
Minor Injuries

Passenger
:
Feet, Legs

6 Mar 2020 Male 21 Devil's Dyke
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
ZENO

Pilot attempted to cobra launch his paraglider but was dragged into a group of people.

Unhurt
6 Mar 2020 Female 42 CP Cats Tor
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Phi
Symphonia

Pilot slope landed but tripped on tussock once feet down. Broke fibula, no further injury.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

6 Mar 2020 Male 44 Pilot Butser west
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Swift max

Pilot was forced to take avoiding action to avoid a collision when the other pilot did not give way.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
5 Mar 2020 Male 55 Pilot Kettlewell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 9

Pilot lost thermal while flying up a cliff face and landed heavily on a shelf on the cliff.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

10 Feb 2020 Male 47 Pilot Poniente TO
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Phi
Tenor

Pilot took off but did not notice he had snapped an upper break line and got a twig snagged in his lines. Once flying the pilot spotted the issues and was able to make a safe bottom landing using big ears.

Unhurt
6 Feb 2020 Male 51 Darley Moor
United Kingdom
0-5 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Ozone
Atom 3

Student caught foot while landing from low, short hop resulting in a fractured leg.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

5 Feb 2020 Male 49 Pilot Ansermanuevo
Colombia
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Cure

Pilot made emergency turn while on final approach to avoid low level power lines. Pilot's seat made contact with bump in the ground before legs could fully absorb the impact.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

30 Jan 2020 Male 42 EPC Villaricos
Spain
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Sky Paragliders
Fides 5
Sky Cruiser
Unknown

Student lifted legs on launch before the wing had taken the full weight of the pilot and his equipment. This resulted in the paramotor making a glancing contact with the ground and the prop puncturing the fuel tank. Instructor immediately stopped the flight as pilot was unaware of the damage.

Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 7 April 2020 at 05:45:09 AM

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