HKPA report number 5

Site: Ma On Shan

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Date of Event: Tuesday 19th of February 2013

This Accident report was filed on Wednesday 20th of February 2013 and the last change to the report was made on Sunday 24th of February 2013 by Trevor Gribble

Injury Index = 0
( 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)


A pilot holding a Instructor Licence with Unknown years of experience whist flying at Ma On Shan at approximately 15-1700hrs on Tuesday 19th of February 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Stable with a E wind blowing approximately 16-20kph. The temperature was 20-24deg C with A Little Cloud and Slight Haze Visibility.

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

Factors in this Accident:
Hard Landing
Tree Impact
Impact with Obstacle
Undershoot LZ
Property Damage
Upsetting Neighbours
Unlicenced Instruction

Event Description:

Thanks for the apology.

As I said, this is the second time in three weeks and the third in 6 months.

It is inconvenient as it knocks out the TV and internet for two houses and PCCW aren't the most speedy when it comes to repairs.

I was less than polite when greeting the pilot today.

He was a Chinese male, orange chute, and I believe he is the instructor of a German lady who is fairly new to the sport. I spoke to her some weeks back when she landed close to the house and I recognised her today when she landed shortly after the guy who snapped the cables. They packed up and left together without apologising.

I've attached a pic of the pilot from the breakage. There is a ditch to the side of the path and that is where they landed after taking down the cables. Also, note his chute is caught up on the farmers fence.

I understand it is accidental but I'd hope for your sakes that you'd have more control over landing.

Our cables are some distance from the proper flat landing zone and both recent breakages the pilots were landing in the farmers field where there are fence posts, etc.

The pilots need to know that all the area around our house is nasty ground. Cables, broken swampy ground, fence posts and barbed wire.

I just don't want to be the guy pulling hurt pilots off fence posts.

I had another incident about 6 weeks ago where a guy collapsed his cute about 40ft up and dropped straight down. He was unconscious for a couple of minutes and I called an ambulance for him. He landed in almost the same spot as the pilot in the attached pic and was incredibly lucky to miss the path and a fence post.

He was a Chinese man, red chute, and his back up was up on the plateau when he dropped.

So, whilst the breakages are damned inconvenient, that's the small point of what could be a larger problem.

As I've said, we're happy to put up a windsock on our large tree and let's try and get the point across that landing in our exact area is a bad idea.


Committee Response: (if any )

We have contacted the Person who submitted the email. The HKPA is conducting an investigation into this event. We call on all members to identify this pilot who:

1. is offering "instruction" in Hong Kong without knowledge of the HKPA,

2. Does not appear to have the skills needed to operate at MOS.

Members need to recognise that unless this type of event is STOPPED, the person who emailed the HKPA will contact the POLICE next time this happens.

Committee Action: (if any )