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Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Iceberg » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:45 am

Yesterday afternoon on JacarandaFM news they mentioned that a man from Johannesburg died in a paraglider crash at Bulwer early afternoon.

I was surprised to see nothing on Avcom or the media this morning.
Anyone have any news?


Edit: found this in The Witness:
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by nofootprints » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:19 am

Sahpa has published a brief notice.


We regret to announce a fatal paragliding accident this morning in Bulwer, KZN. This matter is under investigation and no further information may be released. Please respect the family and friends in this difficult time. SAHPA will release more details as soon as we have them. In the interim we kindly request you all to refrain from speculation.
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:41 am

Any news? That used to be my stomping ground and I taught the local instructor to paraglide decades ago.
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:20 am

Anyone have news, it's been over a week?
Please pm me if you do.
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Onlybmx » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:48 pm

Hi all,

Any news on this? Dirk was a friend of mine and I'd like to know what the ultimate cause of his crash was.
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:12 am

Onlybmx wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:48 pm
Hi all,

Any news on this? Dirk was a friend of mine and I'd like to know what the ultimate cause of his crash was.
Absolute silence.
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Keith Quixley » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:06 pm

The best people to speak to would probably be SAHPA - contact details are on their website www.sahpa.co.za
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Tallies » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:15 pm

Mike Wissing wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:12 am
Onlybmx wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:48 pm
Hi all,

Any news on this? Dirk was a friend of mine and I'd like to know what the ultimate cause of his crash was.
Absolute silence.
It is unfortunately a Paragling thing Mike. Being silent and slow to report incidents has been an ongoing problem in our industry. I believe that the new committee is trying to change this but the jury is still out on that one. I cannot understand why it takes so long to produce a report. From what I heard it was low time pilot that was s-ing off to land and spun the glider.
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Onlybmx » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:26 pm

Thanks for sharing what you know so far, hopefully a consensus is reached soon and released.
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Thermalator » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:07 pm

Tallies wrote:
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It is unfortunately a Paragling thing Mike. Being silent and slow to report incidents has been an ongoing problem in our industry. I believe that the new committee is trying to change this but the jury is still out on that one. I cannot understand why it takes so long to produce a report. From what I heard it was low time pilot that was s-ing off to land and spun the glider.
You are talking rubbish, If anything RAASA hinted we should say less & some who are currently reps have in the past used reports to attack competitors - be careful what you wish for. IMHO CAA should not bother with writing reports regarding NTCA incidents.

I have no info in this incident because I pointedly did not ask & yes I may have been shat out 20 years ago for doing wingovers & hook turns on landing (who has'nt)
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Tallies » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:20 pm

Thermalator wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:07 pm
Tallies wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:15 pm
It is unfortunately a Paragling thing Mike. Being silent and slow to report incidents has been an ongoing problem in our industry. I believe that the new committee is trying to change this but the jury is still out on that one. I cannot understand why it takes so long to produce a report. From what I heard it was low time pilot that was s-ing off to land and spun the glider.
You are talking rubbish, If anything RAASA hinted we should say less & some who are currently reps have in the past used reports to attack competitors - be careful what you wish for. IMHO CAA should not bother with writing reports regarding NTCA incidents.

I have no info in this incident because I pointedly did not ask & yes I may have been shat out 20 years ago for doing wingovers & hook turns on landing (who has'nt)
Please be more specific to what you refer to when you say that I am talking rubbish. There are many serious incidents with serious medical outcomes that does not get reported. I have never mentioned RAASA. Nor did I suggest CAA must do the reports. I was referring to SAHPA. And I can be very specific about the incidents and accidents. Reporting an accident is about learning from others not being a policeman. Ever asked yourself why paragling has such a high drop out rate. Maybe read my post again because nothing you mention except the word report has anything to do with my post. I also did not suggest that he was reckless and I specifically did not use the word wingovers or hookturns. I used s-ing off. Maybe come out from behind Thermalator so that we know who you really are .
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:59 am

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I have no info in this incident because I pointedly did not ask & yes I may have been shat out 20 years ago for doing wingovers & hook turns on landing (who has'nt)
Me. That's why I ended with 16500 logged flights, 2000 students without a single injury, and a shade under 3500 hours flying paragliders 😂😂
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Iceberg » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:46 am

Here's another paragliding crash that went unnoticed here on Avcom:

https://lowvelder.co.za/487552/paraglid ... -accident/
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Roger » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:52 pm

Iceberg wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:46 am
Here's another paragliding crash that went unnoticed here on Avcom:

https://lowvelder.co.za/487552/paraglid ... -accident/
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=220371
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Re: Paraglider crash at Bulwer

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:43 am

Still silence. This is sad on many levels. There is no transparency in free flight like there used to be in the 80's and early 90's where we tried to learn from others mistakes..
You may wonder why I continue to follow this thread. I started the paragliding craze in Bulwer with my school ParaAge in the beginning of PG. Darryl Moody and I ran a hang gliding school out of Ifafa and we would have a flyaway there every year or so. When I broke away from Tranquility and went on my own I use Bulwer and sites in Durban a lot. I have a very soft spot for that site and have monitored it from afar for years. Many of my students trained and had their first high flights and soaring flights off Bulwer.
Is there any more information about this crash?
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