HKPA report number 91

Site: Lantau

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Date of Event: Sunday 20th of August 2017

This Accident report was filed on Thursday 7th of September 2017 and the last change to the report was made on Thursday 7th of September 2017 by Cameron MacRae

Injury Index = 2
( 0 =No Injuries or Minor - brief visit to Doctor)
( 1 =Significant - hospitalized or work time loss less than 48 hours)
( 2 =Temporary Disabling Injuries)
( 3 =Permanent Partial Disabling Injuries)
( 4 =Permanent Total Disability)
( 5 =Fatal injuries)

Details:

A pilot holding a Unknown Licence with Unknown years of experience whist flying at Lantau at approximately 15-1700hrs on Sunday 20th of August 2017.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Variable with a SW wind blowing approximately 0-10kph. The temperature was 30-34deg C with Some Cloud and Slight Haze Visibility.

There were reported to be 2-5 pilots at the site.

Factors in this Accident:
Hard Landing
Injury
Airmanship
Impact with Obstacle
GFS
AMBULANCE

Event Description:

Accident pilot attempted a reverse launch on steep and rough down hill terrain in light to no-wind conditions. He initially set up just off the Lantau trail with a less steep, but still rough ground launch run, but then moved down the hill closer to the steep edge hoping for a little upslope wind I think. He asked for assistance holding the leading edge up to launch. Waited a long time for the first decent puff of air, but it was still very light when he started his launch by stepping backwards downhill. Wing came up and quickly began dropping on the left side as the pilot was stumbling backwards down hill. Pilot turned and tried to get under the canopy and dropped out of sight left wing down (and may have turned the wrong way and been twisted ). I heard a loud crash as the pilot impacted the hill. I called down to him and got no answer, so began climbing down to him and found him in the brush about 100 meters down the hill from launch. He was lucid, but his left leg was clearly broken.

Committee Response: (if any )

The committee thanks the reporting non-member pilot for rendering assistance to the injured non-member pilot, and also for submitting this report. The committee notes that the reporting pilot was able to communicate with emergency services via whatsapp in addition to voice and sent a location pin using the app. This no doubt expedited the rescue. It appears this accident did not occur on the designated launch, and conditions were such that a hiker was required to help inflate the wing. Pilots with novice ratings, such as USHPA P2 are reminded that they are beginning their education in the sport, and ought draw upon the expertise of more experienced pilots with respect to their decision making.

Committee Action: (if any )

NIL Action Yet

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