What to do in a Paragliding accident

Accidents are never fun, but if the accident happens while playing an extreme sport, it can be fatal.
Today I want to present you this compilation of paragliding accidents, not to prevent you from practicing this sport, but so that you become aware and always take even the slightest precaution. While extreme sports can be an injection of emotion and adrenaline, they can also be a lethal injection.

Unfortunately when practicing extreme sports, accidents can occur, so it is our responsibility as pilots to know how to act correctly to help or help in case of witnessing a paragliding accident.

Screenshotter TurbulentMoselParaglidingRodeo4k 0’21”

In most cases, these accidents occur due to the inexperience or poor training of the pilot, the bad weather conditions or the use of inadequate materials, normally paragliding of a higher category than the experience of the pilot that flies them. The apparent ease of handling of the gliders and the speed with which they learn to handle them make some people despise the danger.

On other occasions, expert pilots are those who suffer accidents, when flying in difficult conditions or places, when trying to fly away or in competitions. However, this time we will not go into detail about why and how these accidents occur, but we will tell you how to act in case of witnessing an accident.
The first thing you must do is to protect yourself, in this way, you will avoid a major accident and you will be able to act. If you see a pilot fall into an abrupt area, with rotors and turbulence, it may not be a good idea to try to land at his side, because that situation would seriously jeopardize your physical integrity. The advisable thing is to land in a more remote but safe place.

Screenshotter TurbulentMoselParaglidingRodeo4k 0’09”

Once you find yourself safe, it is important to protect the person who suffered the accident. It is important to separate it from the paraglider, to prevent the wind from threatening to inflate it again and drag the pilot; in this case, you have to release the wing or the parachute first of all, to avoid something worse.

Keep calm and call emergency services. The mobile is an incredibly useful instrument for mountain rescues. This number works even if you do not have coverage or do not have a balance. Although the professionals on the other side of the phone know what to ask you, you will help more if you keep calm and give them clear and concrete information.

While you await the arrival of emergency services, you must help the injured. Maybe you think you have no knowledge to do it, but I assure you that your basic instincts will help you to react properly. It is very important to immobilize the injured person, not to move him / her from the position in which he / she is, or to move him / her as little as necessary, just to make him / her more comfortable.

Screenshotter TurbulentMoselParaglidingRodeo4k 3’11”

This is very important!! You have already notified the emergency services and you are there accompanying the injured person until they arrive. You do not have to do anything else. If there is a very serious injury, you can make a tourniquet with the clothes … but if you do not know what to do, do not do anything, just make company to the injured person while help arrives.

In any case, remember, if you fly in normal conditions, with a team according to your level, and respect the basic rules, the chances of you suffering an accident flying in paragliding are quite low.

What to do in a Paragliding accident
What to do in a Paragliding accident

Accidents are never fun, but if the accident happens while playing an extreme sport, it can be fatal. Today I want to present you this compilation of paragliding accidents, not to prevent you from practicing this sport, but so that you become aware and always take even the slightest precaution. While extreme sports can be an injection of emotion and adrenaline, they can also be a lethal injection.

Meisabel Laversa
Meisabel Laversa is a full-time writer for Sky Xtreme TV
20 thoughts on “What to do in a Paragliding accident
  1. How many broken backs? Paragliding. The stupidest thing you can leave the ground in. A sheet of cloth at the mercy of the wind that you can’t see.

  2. Will be great if some experts analysis what went wrong on each accident. Most of these seems like they were not pilot mistake.

    • interesting you don’t think its pilot error, what would you put the failure to in each clip? Sure they are all pretty ‘unlucky’ but I would say pilot error accounts for almost every clip, or to put it a better sounding way, each pilot could have made better choices before, or reacted much better to each situation.

    • You are right. Some of them it is pilot error. Could you please analyse few like 5 for example so we all learn? you sound like someone with experience. Thank you

    • I assume you mean the 5th clip, at 0:50, in which there is no before information, but it looks like the pilot suffered an asymmetric and although he attempts to correct his heading, he fails, probably because its a small wing with a high loading/very dynamic and the collapse looks like it cravats. As to why the collapse, he looks to be in strong wind and the sky looks very thermic = strong turbulence. Hope this helps, just my opinion.

  3. how did the first one collapse so fast?

    • Have a look at the flying direction of the sanddust after start. I think he flew into a lee side rotor if the hill in the right…

    • Yo veo una montaña delante justo del despegue, que puede ocasionar en una racha fuerte un gran rotor, lo que ocasiona un falso viento, sobre todo en la dirección del mismo. en La Serena en Chile, suele pasar eso y en El Salvador tambien hay otro despegue así. Yo vivo en España, pero he volado en muchos paises.

  4. Most were pilot mistakes. Flying in conditions that were too strong for their abilities or wing. Some overreacting to wing collapses. Not letting it regain aerodynamic flight. The boom 9 pilot got into the wake turbulence of the front glider. He was also underskilled for that wing based on his reaction and inability to judge his ridge clearance. The last guy was target fixated, he had plenty of landing options but hit a spectator. Some of the videos were older and thankfully glider design are always improving. Some of these accidents are pretty unlikely to occur on a current design wing. Stay safe! Fly smart

    • Indeed a good clip of accidents to remind us what happens when it all goes wrong. The boomerang 10* clip could be wake turbulence, but I think its more the speedbar/conditions/pilot reaction. The one that scared me are the Tandem which got obliterated (poor passenger!) and the Rush at 0:39 which is a hard to foresee situation…


    • thank you. make sense

  5. From the perspective of a first responder/private pilot: I was involved in a paragliding accident in a remote part of California awhile back. The ‘rescue’ ended up involving about 20 people, 2 ambulances and a helicopter, and placed many people at risk. After a 1 hour trip up winding, narrow dirt roads, we found the victim at around 11,000 feet, a mile from the nearest level spot suitable for a helicopter to land. She did not survive the helicopter ride to the nearest trauma center, 150 miles away. A lot of lives were affected that day, including her horrified companions. I’ve been an EMT for more than 40 years and have worked around a lot of stupid people, but this incident made a bigger negative impression on me than most. At best, to me this seems like purposeful-less thrill-seeking by self-absorbed people. They don’t hurt only themselves when they crash.

  6. TODOS los accidentes son culpa del piloto, les falta mucha teórica, mucha campa y practica de incidencias, les falta aprender a volar, llevo casi 40 años volando y nunca me ha sucedido nada de eso, Por que dedico mucho tiempo a leer, estudiar y practicar y sobre todo conocer las condiciones de cada lugar de vuelo. antes de despegar.

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