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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
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

8 Sep 2019 Male 43 CP Nant y Moel
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Light Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Cayenne

Pilot suffered 50% asymmetric collapse while attempting to climb back up to launch height. Wing then suffered a further, larger collapse before rotating into the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

8 Sep 2019 Male 50 CP Woolacombe
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
IOTA 2

Pilot accidentally spun his glider by applying too much brake, trying to avoid going too far back over the hill. Glider entered a cascade but pilot could not deploy his parachute as his hands were through his brake handles preventing him reaching the deployment handle. Pilot put hands up immediately and glider self-recovered a few metres above the ground. Pilot landed safely.

Unhurt
6 Sep 2019 Male 34 AP Montmin
France
5-10 Km/h
Calm

Paraglider
Foot
Supair
Wild

During exit from autorotation exercise, the glider dived and the pilot inadvertently released one brake as it was pulled out of his hand. The bowline above the brake handle and stopper knot on the brake line tag end were pulled through the ceramic ring. In straight and level flight, the pilot attempted to pull the handle down and was unable to as the bowline had jammed in the ceramic ring. Using both hands, he was able to free the handle again.

Unhurt
5 Sep 2019 Male 64 AP Westbury White Horse
United Kingdom
10-15 Km/h
Calm
Light Turbulence

Flexwing Hang Glider
Foot
Wills Wing
T2

While test flying a glider the pilot found himself in a right hand turn. The pilot could not counter the turn and circled into the hillside. Pilot suspects he may have been flying too slow due to unfamiliarity with the glider.

Seriously Injured:
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

1 Sep 2019 Male 0 Pilot Caoley Peak
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Nova
Mentor 4

Pilot suffered asymmetric collapse shortly after taking off. Pilot rotated into the hill from approx 20m. Westerly site with possibly more north than expected.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

27 Aug 2019 Female 49 None Swyre Hill
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
BGD
Adam

Student noticed strained leg muscle towards the end of the day. No particular incident of note.

Minor Injuries:
Feet, Legs

27 Aug 2019 Female 46 Pilot Panetonne
Italy
0-5 Km/h
Light Turbulence
Flight In Clouds, Fog
Paraglider
Foot
U-Turn
Blacklight 2

Pilot became disoriented in thickening cloud and applied incorrect input causing glider to spin close to the terrain. Pilot deployed emergency parachute but was too low and impacted side of ravine.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

26 Aug 2019 Male 42 Pilot Newhaven
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
BGD
Dual

Passenger tripped on take off lost footing and pilot and passenger slid down the front of take off into a bush.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Minor Injuries
26 Aug 2019 Female 33 Steyning Bowl
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Calm
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Gin
Bolero 5

Pilot did not run fast enough on launch and did not damp the gliders acceleration causing an asymmetric collapse on launch. Pilot contacted the ground again, glider remained inflated and she took off unharmed and flew to the bottom.

Pilot
Unhurt

Passenger
Unhurt
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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 18 October 2019 at 05:45:09 AM

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