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
03-04-2021 12:30 PM 1485 / PG VIC Accident Mt Elliot - Corryong Ozone Buzz Z5
PIC was attempting a forward launch of their paraglider in nil wind conditions at Mt. Elliot (Vic). The wing has come up quickly and whilst leant forward, the pilot has tripped on a rock falling forward. They have setup again and launched, flying for an hour without incident. Three hours later swelling in the right wrist and increasing pain led to a visit to the Corryong Acute Care Clinic, where a sprained wrist was diagnosed. PIC was wearing heavy, infrequently worn boots at the time.
Pilots are urged to ensure launch surfaces are clear of potential hazards before committing to launch.
05-04-2021 1484 / PG VIC Accident CORRYONG flow future future
A low-hours pilot was launching their paraglider at Mt Elliot (Vic). They have positioned themselves on the left-hand side of the launch area. As PIC ran down the hill to gain launch speed they have realised they might impact a windsock stake. PIC attempted to avoid the stake which possibly induced the wing to turn towards the L of Launch and towards trees. Due to the speed of launch and inexperience of PIC, they were unable to prevent impact with trees to the left of launch.
Low hour pilots should pay attention to their position on launch with respect to wind direction and any obstacles. Give yourself enough space to deal with the unexpected and be prepared to abort the launch if something is not right. Site managers should place wind sock/stakes in locations where the risk collisions is as low as possible whilst still achieving their purpose.
07-03-2021 1474 / PG TAS Accident Lemon Hill NE Nova ION5
A PG pilot's reserve parachute deployed unexpectedly during flight at Lemon Hill (Tas). Reserve deployed, PIC attempted to pull in one of the risers and collapse the main wing, then turned and held onto reserve riser to try and stabilise himself for a hard feet-first landing on a rocky slope near top of hill. Landed hard but only minor cuts and bruises were sustained.
Pilots should not become complacent, preflight checks should be done before every launch to ensure the safe and correct setup of equipment for flight.
13-03-2021 01:00 PM 1471 / PG Southeast Qld Accident Wilsons Peak Phi Allegro
PIC was launching the paraglider from Wilson's Peak, near Toowoomba (Qld/S). This was their 5th flight on this new wing. Conditions were not ideal as the wind had dropped and as a result the wing did not come fully overhead. The wing became fully inflated as they ran off, but the left wing tip has snagged a tree. In response, PIC has applied brake on the opposite (right) side. The wing cleared, but dropped trying to gain airspeed, and the tip snagged a second lower tree. This time the wing stalled, but stayed open as PIC fell heavily to the ground from 5 m agl. They have landed on their back across a 5 cm diameter branch, hitting rocks with their elbow. No damage to equipment. Muscular trauma to back from neck to tibia. Various cuts and bruised bone in elbow.
Always be aware of your surroundings when launching from small launches. Be aware of any dangers and act accordingly. Ensure the wing is fully inflated before committing to the launch.
07-03-2021 10:00 1470 / PPG TAS Accident KEMPTON Niviuk Qubik
PIC was attempting to launch PPG in flat paddock at Kempton (Tas), with nil wind. They have thought they were experiencing lift and prematurely stopped running to sit back in the harness. The motor has contacted the ground and the launch was aborted with damage done to prop, cage and exhaust. No injury.
Pilots, both PG and PPG, should be launching assertively, and continue running at the speed required to launch until their feet are physically lifted off the ground by the wing. Pilots should make sure they still have clear air and control of the glider before seating themselves into the harness.