HKPA report number 2

Site: Shek O

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Date of Event: Friday 4th of January 2013

This Accident report was filed on Wednesday 16th of January 2013 and the last change to the report was made on Saturday 16th of March 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)

Details:

A pilot holding a Club Pilot (PG2) Licence with 1 years of experience whist flying at Shek O at approximately 15-1700hrs on Friday 4th of January 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Variable with a NE wind blowing approximately 21-25kph. The temperature was 25-29deg C with Some Cloud and Unlimited Visibility.

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

Factors in this Accident:
Overshoot LZ
Hard Landing
Injury
Airmanship
Impact with Obstacle

Event Description:

Estimated time of landing 5:30 - 6, came in too high, good approach, smooth air but slightly buoyant. It was assumed there would be sink over golf course , fence and back of beach, instead none, minimal if any or slight lift. Pilot flew almost to water, parallel to ridge/water catchment on left side of pilot. Almost, at ocean's water edge, est ht. 35' turned right and flew up center of beach, as beached narrowed slightly past beach hut bar, pilot drifed in towards wall (due to gust)(there was no deformity of wing prior to hitting up-right fiber glass row boat on right side against sea wall. Altitude at time of impact was est. to be about 5' above ground and with frontage to fly little more up beach. Pilot was dazed for little bit but was able to walk and was aware of situation. E.S. was called and pilot agreed to wait for emergency service for check up before leaving. E/S gave green light/O.K. Pilot was able to walk and drive.

This was pilot's 2nd landing at normal landing area in less then 7 days and has flow both Dragons back and D'Agular, MOS, and Long Kee Wan. Pilot was equipped with radio and was in contact with me on ground.

Better review of landing might have help prevent incident.

Pilot visited doctor follow day and minor injury was found in lower right leg, requiring no paragliding for few weeks till full recovery.

Committee Response: (if any )

pilot not contacted yet - seen to by friends

Committee Action: (if any )

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