HKPA report number 6

Site: Shek O

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Date of Event: Thursday 14th 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 Unknown Licence with Unknown years of experience whist flying at Shek O at approximately 12-1400hrs on Thursday 14th of February 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Gusting with a SE wind blowing approximately 26-30kph. The temperature was 15-19deg C with A Little Cloud and Slight Haze Visibility.

There were reported to be 1 pilots at the site.

Factors in this Accident:
Hard Landing
Tree Impact
Strong Winds

Event Description:

Three pilots waiting since 14:00 for the wind to become less. Around 15:00 pilot (not member of the HKPA) arrives at take off zone and decides (being the only one) to give it a try at 15:30. He sets up his harness and glider at the very lowest possible point, puts on knee and elbow protectors and packs a few stones into his harness.

He lifts the wing, needs to do around 8 fast steps uphill to reduce the drag, turns around and is immediately lifted 5-7 meters above ground. He is flying backwards towards the ridge. Pilot leans forward to reach the speed bar with his feet and pulls the controls 50-70% at the same time with both arms stretched towards his back.

He is further lifted up and pushed backwards. 15-18 seconds after lifting the wing from the ground he is already on top of the foot trail on the ridge, still holding controls pulled down around 30-50% (with both arms stretched towards his back) and applying speed bar as much as possible. Still leaning forward all the time in his harness. Consequently he is being pushed behind the ridge (now around 5-8 meters above ground, still flying backwards) where the glider starts to turn on the spot to the right (South). He disappears from sight behind the ridge and hits ground around 80 meter down the ridge some 40 meter south of the small footpath leading to the take off. Two pilots help him to get the glider out of the bushes that luckily cushioned his crash (took nearly one hour). No injuries. Total time span from start to hitting the ground behind the ridge: 30 seconds (video available).

Pilot reports he had no collapse but was pushed to the ground very fast. Weight range of his glider is 90-110 kg, pilot himself weighing max. 75 kg.

Committee Response: (if any )

A good example of what not to do. This pilot would have been better off walking down.

If the flight Conditions are outside of your limits, please consider this and pack up and walk down. This pilot was lucky not to have been injured.

Committee Action: (if any )

NIL Action Yet