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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
14 Oct 2019 Male 49 Pilot Black Mount
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Iota 2

While kiting his glider back up the hill the pilot noticed that the plastic maillon insert had fallen out and had allowed the maillon gate to fully open up.

Unhurt
7 Oct 2019 Male 59 CP Thurnham
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Mojo 5

Pilot was lifted off his feet by a gust but was able to face forwards and control glider. Pilot landed going backwards and was then dragged before deflating the glider.

Unhurt
2 Oct 2019 Male 55 AP Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gradient
BiGolden3

While initiating a reverse launch on his tandem paraglider the pilot noticed that the Edelrid "Foras" carabiners had become locked together during the turn stage. Pilot was able to abort the launch without incident.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
18 Sep 2019 Male 72 CP Whitewool
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Phantom

Pilot was low on the ridge and encountered sinking air. Glider then suffered an asymmetric collapse but pilot did not have time or height to react before impacting the hillside.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

15 Sep 2019 Female 50 None Muggery
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student landed crosswind and failed to flare.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

15 Sep 2019 Male 44 AP Fochriw
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 8

Pilot misjudged approach and struck a fence on attempting to land.

Seriously Injured
14 Sep 2019 Male 60 Pilot Bo Peep
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Front Influence
Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Chilli 4

Immediately after launching pilot moved left to avoid a student who had just been launched. Pilot was then caught by gust and collided with a fence.

Minor Injuries:
Head Injuries

13 Sep 2019 Male 48 Pilot Bradwell
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
UP
Tango x race

Pilot had midair collision when another glider, being flown in to opposite direction, struck the bottom of his harness.

Unhurt
8 Sep 2019 Male 50 CP Bradwell
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Mac Para
Illusion

Pilot misjudged distance from ridge and caught bottom of harness on a bump on the ridge. Pilot was dragged down ridge into bush.

Unhurt
8 Sep 2019 Male 52 Pilot S. Harting
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
777
King

Pilot misjudged 360 turn over ridge due to wind being stronger than expected. Pilot was forced to make a crosswind top landing resulting in minor injuries.

Minor Injuries:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 6 December 2019 at 05:45:10 AM

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