Home Forums Safety Incident Report: PG vs Crestline Trees, December 27, 2020

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    Incident Summary

    On December 27 late afternoon (16:00-17:00), PG pilot launched from Crestline, was performing low passes and foot drags on launch, and caught their glider in the trees behind launch while landing.


    Weather was cool and winds were light and steady. Between 16:00 and 17:00, Crestline Launch weather station reported W and SW winds @ 6-9mph.

    Emergency or Medical Response

    No emergency or medical response called or required.


    No injuries reported.

    Pilots Involved

    Paraglider pilot – no USHPA rating or CSS membership.

    Root Cause

    Pilot did not make a precise controlled landing while performing maneuvers on launch.

    Proximate Cause

    Pilot lacked the requisite skills, judgment, and rating to launch and perform low-to-the-ground maneuvers at Crestline.

    Corrective Action

    ??? I’m at a loss. This is a consistent and recurring theme with our site, with P2s and below (or completely unrated) pilots launching without supervision and an incident occurring. To date, there has been no collective will to correct this behavior so it’s pretty certain that this will continue.


    Report updated.

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