The paramotor was being operated by an experienced pilot, who was also an instructor. He was seen to initiate what was described as a ‘wingover’ manoeuvre to the right, at about 1,000 ft, but this was seen to develop into a rapid spiral to the left which continued for several turns, with a high rate of descent. The aircraft started to recover at a late stage but the pilot received fatal injuries in the impact with the ground. There was no defect identified within the wing (canopy and rigging) but structural failures were identified within the paramotor unit, consistent with having occurred in flight and precipitating the spiral descent. One Safety Recommendation is made, to the Civil Aviation Authority, concerning self-regulation of this activity.
Click on view a correction that appeared in the April 2009 Bulletin
Published 10 December 2014