HKPA report number 16

Site: Long Kee Wan

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Date of Event: Thursday 7th of March 2013

This Incident report was filed on Wednesday 13th of March 2013 and the last change to the report was made on Thursday 18th of April 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)

Details:

A pilot holding a Student Licence with 1 years of experience whist flying at Long Kee Wan at approximately 12-1400hrs on Thursday 7th of March 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Smooth with a SE wind blowing approximately 10-15kph. The temperature was 20-24deg C with Nil Cloud and Unlimited Visibility.

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

Factors in this Incident:
Tree Impact
Airmanship

Event Description:

HILL SIDE LANDING,

Student task, with minimal supervision, work on improve judgement when fly close to ridge.

CAUSE: Pilot experience, sudden change in conditions (strong sink) while soaring slightly below path (east face) along flight path while soaring close to front of ridge.

Pilot lost hight and landed in deep bushes 20 feet below concrete path around face of ridge in deep bushes with glider draping over higher bush making it difficult for prompt removal and there by attracting attention.(30 to 45 min. to get down out of tree/bush)

Radio frequency at time was 143.987 which may have been monitored / used by others / fishing boats in area.

Pilot received no injuries nor was glider damaged.

Two other pilots assisted as well as person from beach who thought other pilots assisting might need help. The help was greatly appreciated in guiding helpers to pilot, as pilot could not be seen from above but was visible from below.

Thanks was given.

Learned:
  1. be alert when flying close to ridge with minimal ht below you.
  2. when lift is light, don't fly too much on inward side of face.
  3. REMEMBER TO GATHER YR GLIDER / MAKE SMALL ASAP, SO OTHERS KNOW YR O.K./SAFE, NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED.
  4. VERY USEFUL TOOL TO CARRY, *****(FOLDING SAW) and WHISTLE.
  5. public is very watchful of our activities, and should be appreciated.

Committee Response: (if any )

Thankyou for the report.

Lessond from the report are as described in the last sentence:

THE PUBLIC ARE QUICK TO RESPOND TO AN INCIDENT

In paragliding, always plan an exit strategy, consider " what - if " and try to avoid this situation as you can see the attention it can attract.

Reminder to Instructors and Students : TRAINING FREQ = 130.10 MHz in accordance with HKPA Ops Manual Chapter 4

Committee Action: (if any )

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