HKPA report number 57

Site: Ma On Shan

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Date of Event: Monday 6th of April 2015

This Accident report was filed on Thursday 16th of April 2015 and the last change to the report was made on Friday 24th of April 2015 by Trevor Gribble

Injury Index = 1
( 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 Club Pilot (PG3) Licence with 5-10 years of experience whist flying at Ma On Shan at approximately 12-1400hrs on Monday 6th of April 2015.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Smooth with a SE wind blowing approximately 0-10kph. The temperature was 25-29deg C with A Little Cloud and Slight Haze Visibility.

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

Factors in this Accident:
Impact with Obstacle
Strong Winds
Undershoot LZ

Event Description:

The accident report
At 6/4/2015 Monday, at about 1:20 pm took off at Ma On Shan take off site. It was South-east wind, the wind speed about 10km. I turned left after took off and flew to Dai kin Chung , and then returned to take off site and prepared for top landing.
At the remote glider airfield, I suddenly encountered a strong downward force. I were only 15m higher then the hill. I had tried to control over it, but I still pushed down with the strong downward force. I were forced to top land at the remote glider airfield.
I accidentally hit on the a small tent at the hill. A 63-year-old woman and her son had been sitting inside. Her son was not injured, but the woman's neck and back were bruised.
I immediately notified the police and GFS, about 30 minutes later, the helicopter arrived at the scene and sent the injured women to Eastern hospital.
I went to the hospital with her son. The initial assessment at A&E department showed no bone injury, only bruised muscle. She had been staying in hospital for observation and brain CT scans, the report also showed no injuries.
She was discharged the other day. She had good recovery.

I am apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Remark :Please notify the insurance company for the record if necessary

Committee Response: (if any )

Thankyou for the report
I think all that needs to be highlighted here is the need to be extra cautious when members of the public are close by.
When in doubt try to stay away from populated areas to avoid this situation.

Committee Action: (if any )

NIL Action Yet