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Dealing with Incidents

For general advice on how to deal with incidents and accidents, please download our Dealing with Incidents and Accidents document.

Please report an incident you have witnessed or been involved in if it:

Reporting Incidents

It is a legal requirement that any accident involving an aircraft ('boarded with the intention of flight') must be reported to the police and the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the Department for Transport by the quickest available means.

The AAIB and BHPA have an agreement that the BHPA will investigate hang gliding and paragliding accidents, so your legal duty is fulfilled by informing the police and the BHPA by the quickest available means.

BHPA technical staff must be informed immediately if the incident is fatal, potentially fatal, or serious. Serious incidents include unusual equipment failures as well as accidents resulting in serious injury.

BHPA Technical Officers: 0116 289 4316 (24 Hours in emergency)
BHPA Office: 0116 289 4316 or
AAIB (24 hours):

All incidents should be reported to the BHPA as soon as possible via the online incident report form linked below, and always within 48 hours.

Submitting Incident Reports

Please provide as much information as possible, and use the "Continue" button at the bottom of the form to move to the next page. To return to a previous page, please use the "menu system" at the top of the form.

If you require guidance on how to complete the form, please contact a BHPA Technical Officer.

To begin submitting an incident report please enter your full name and email address below, and then click the Continue button:

Submit Incident Report

Your Full Name*

Your Email Address*

When you submit an on-line incident report form you automatically grant permission for the information disclosed to be stored electronically and in paper records by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) and the European Hang Gliding and Paragliding Union (EHPU) for the purposes of recording and analysing accidents and incidents.

For an explanation of how the BHPA uses information you provide, please review our Membership Privacy Notice and our Website Privacy Notice. For further information about the EHPU's Privacy and Security Policies please contact the EHPU.

Last updated: 03 June 2024

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