SAFA ACCIDENT & INCIDENT REPORT

Initial reports are listed below.
Upon finalisation of an investigation, findings and recommendations will be published here and in the SAFA Sky Sailor magazine.
Please note: In the event of a fatality, SAFA findings will not be released until the Coroner has completed investigations and release their findings.

Date No. / Discipline State Description Recomendation
31-10-2021 11:00 PM 1566 / PG VIC Accident Colin's Corner - Bowman's Forest Niviuk Koyot 4
PIC was under instruction and making a landing on a training slope. They have lost their footing in the long grass on touchdown, twisting a leg and rupturing that leg's patella tendon.
When landing keep the legs bent ready to absorb impact and roll if footing is lost; long grass can hide undulations in the ground's surface. Pilots are advised to wear appropriate footwear for our activities. PIC was wearing shoes and it is uncertain if boots would have made a difference in this case, however the advice is still relevant.
27-10-2021 12:30 PM 1562 / PG TAS Accident Mt Wellington Triple Seven Rook 3
On PIC's second launch of the day from kunanyi/Mt. Wellington (Tas), PIC got lift and launched before the slope falls away to a road crossing. PIC's last step was on a rock causing wing to pitch forward. PIC flared while swinging back under wing to avoid hitting roadside barrier, but impacted it with the bottom of the harness, and rolled down the embankment. A strained chest muscle resulted; no damage to equipment.
This is a difficult PG5/HG-Advanced rated launch, timing and conditions are critical for a safe launch execution. Complacency can and will catch pilots out.
10-10-2021 12:00 PM 1556 / PG VIC Incident OCEAN GROVE Niviuk Hook 5
PIC was flying their EN-B paraglider at Ocean Grove (Vic) and was caught in a strong gust and pushed backwards on top of a dune. Use of speed bar enabled the pilot to maintain position without personal injury or damage to equipment and land successfully.
Always maintain a vigilant watch on changing conditions and maintain a safety margin accordingly.
09-10-2021 05:00 PM 1554 / PG VIC Accident Pt Lonsdale Niviuk Icepeak7
PIC was flying their high aspect EN-D paraglider at Ocean Grove (Vic). They have attempted to outrun a localised coastal storm with associated wind gusts by applying full speed-bar. The turbulent air has caused a frontal collapse in close proximity to terrain causing a free fall from 15 m agl with a significant impact taken on the flat of the back. The pilot sustained minor, temporary winding and no equipment damage.
Assessment of changing conditions should always be constant. Safe landing options, where available, should be used when conditions may cause dangerous turbulence.
15-08-2021 1536 / PG Southeast Qld Incident Mt Tamborine
A low-hours PG2 pilot was flying under supervision at Mt. Tamborine (Qld/S). They have been thermaling for only the second time, for approximately 35 minutes. They have drifted downwind in the thermal and away from the LZ. They have then lost the thermal and encountered heavy sink (~ 5 m/s). This, in combination with the headwind on a low-performance wing, made reaching the LZ extremely difficult. They have elected to make a safe landing in the nearest, safe area.
Low-hours pilots should bear in mind the following points: 1. Always keep track of where you are in relation to the LZ. You will be surprised how quickly you can be pushed downwind when in a thermal. 2. Low-performance wings these days really only have one weak area, and that is flying into wind - the glide ratio really plummets. When flying in sink or into wind, apply speedbar to improve penetration and forward movement. But never use this as a substitute to landing in the LZ before getting into difficulties Supervising pilots should bear these factors in mind when monitoring supervised pilots' progress.