HKPA report number 73

Site: Other Tap Mun

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Date of Event: Wednesday 25th of May 2016

This Accident report was filed on Saturday 10th of December 2016 and the last change to the report was made on Sunday 19th of February 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 Other at approximately 06-1100hrs on Wednesday 25th of May 2016.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Gusting with a E wind blowing approximately 0-10kph. The temperature was 20-24deg C with Some Cloud and Hazy Visibility.

There were reported to be 1 pilots at the site.

Factors in this Accident:
Hard Landing
Injury
Airmanship
Strong Winds

Event Description:

GFS reported rescue. Pilot crashed on take off. Head injury. Initially declared as a hiker as canopy had been hidden but incident watched by onlookers.

Committee Response: (if any )

The EC and GFS are concerned about the mischaracterisation of the PG operations as hiking. This is of considerable concern as injuries sustained while hiking are likely to be very different from those caused by a PG accident. Specifically, a pilot may suffer significant internal trauma consistent with crashing a PG that is not addressed in a timely fashion.

Committee Action: (if any )

Pilots are reminded that they place their health and the health of other pilots in jeopardy by lying about and/or mischaracterising the nature of a paragliding accident.

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