HKPA report number 25

Site: Shek O

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Date of Event: Thursday 3rd of October 2013

This Accident report was filed on Tuesday 8th of October 2013 and the last change to the report was made on Tuesday 8th of October 2013 by Trevor Gribble

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)


A pilot holding a Novice (PG1) Licence with 3 years of experience whist flying at Shek O at approximately 12-1400hrs on Thursday 3rd of October 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Gusting with a E wind blowing approximately 16-20kph. The temperature was 30-34deg C with Nil Cloud and Slight Haze Visibility.

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

Factors in this Accident:
Hard Landing

Event Description:

Pilot tried to top-land in the centre of the (very steep) take off area, approaching from the north at an angle of around 35-40° at the height of the centre of the take off zone.

The pilot tried to slow down the glider and do a left turn shortly before hitting the hill. Glider collapsed (maybe stalled by the pilot) and pilot fell from approximately 3 meters height flat on his back.

Pilot suffered from severe pain in his back and took several minutes before being able to move and get up into a seating position. Thanks to good protector in his harness the pilot seems not to have suffered any lasting injuries. With that kind of fall a massive injury to the spine could have been expected (even despite the protector).

Committee Response: (if any )

Thankyou for the report

Please be careful everyone, top landings should be only attempted at certain spots on shek o when the conditions are very good.

A good lesson for us all is the harness had good back protection

I hope the pilot concerned gets well soon

Committee Action: (if any )

NIL Action Yet