HKPA report number 85

Site: Other Above Discovery Bay

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Date of Event: Saturday 11th of March 2017

This Incident report was filed on Sunday 12th of March 2017 and the last change to the report was made on Thursday 23rd of March 2017 by Cameron MacRae

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)

Details:

A pilot holding a Unknown Licence with 0 years of experience whist flying at Other at approximately 15-1700hrs on Saturday 11th of March 2017.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Variable with a E wind blowing approximately 26-30kph. The temperature was 20-24deg C with Moderate Cloud and Unlimited Visibility.

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

Factors in this Incident:
Airmanship
Upsetting Neighbours
POLICE

Event Description:

A group of pilots has taken of at around 250 m NN above Discovery Bay from the area next to the geological marker (column) located 60 m to the North from the "Discovery Bay look out" (top of a little hill). The first pilot (young lady) to land at the main beach (Discovery Bay Tai Pak beach) claimed that she and her colleagues were not aware that flying was not allowed in that area. The second pilot to land was chased by 4 security gards who prevented him from leaving the scene, presumingly waiting for the police to arrive. The pilot verbally attacked on of the guards repeatedly and tried to push him out of the way. At that moment another three (maybe four) pilots were still flying at around 250 - 300 me hight above residential buildings. There was enough lift to stay up. Wind speed estimated 25 to 30 judging from the very slow speed of the gliders (Advance Alpha) in the air.

Committee Response: (if any )

The pilots violated the AIP Section ENR5.5-1 part 1.2: "Paragliders shall avoid paragliding activities over or land on any bathing beaches / or land on any private premises without permission from the landowners." The behaviour of the pilots involved in this incident was reprehensible and damaging to the broader paragliding community.

Committee Action: (if any )

None of the pilots involved in this incident was a member of the HKPA and as such the EC is unable to initiate disciplinary action against them. However, the EC strongly censures their reckless actions.

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