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Pilot Details

Age: 0 Weight: 185 Gender: Highest rating held at the time of the incident: Pilot experience level:

Gear Details

Wing Brand: Model: Small Spice (22 sq meter) Size: Paramotor Frame: Fresh Breeze “Monster” (Hirth powered) with

Incident Details

January 1, 2006 Location of the incident: , Type of Incident:

Pilot was flying from a fairly constricted field of a few hundred yards but with trees along both sides and at the end. After a normal inflation and somewhat lengthy run, he finally got airborne but reported the climb as minimal. Nearly the end of the field, he turned left by necessity, against the turning tendency of the motor. During that turn, the wing spun around and he dropped under the spinning wing about 20 feet. He could feel the wing was still slowing his descent and attributes that to the minimal impact.

He landed in a rough area and sprained his ankle. Plus the prop and cage were destroyed/damaged badly.

He reports that his hang position is angled back fairly steep for comfort on long flights which may have aggravated some twisting under the risers although he did not remember this being the case. By his account, there was plenty of time to abort with no consequence when things weren’t going well well but was just hoping it to work out – it always had before. Note that he was very heavy on the wing (275 lbs clip-in weight on a 22 sq meter size) although the placard showed him to be within 20 pounds of the high weight limit.

Thanks to the pilot for allowing us to list his report. Remember, if the torque/twisting seems to be getting away from you abort. If you’re airborne: “Hands up (smoothly), reduce power, prepare to dampen the surge.

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