Accident and Incident Reporting


It is a legal requirement and your duty as a BHPA member to report air accidents and incidents.

Fatal or potentially fatal incidents must be reported to the BHPA, Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Police immediately.

BHPA Technical Officers: 0116 289 4316

BHPA Office: 0116 289 4316, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

AAIB (24 hours): 01252 512299


Serious incidents should be reported to the BHPA as soon as possible and in all cases an Incident Report Form should be sent to the BHPA within 48 hours.

Download the Incident Report Form Here:

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The address to post to is at the top of the form.


Report incidents if any of the following apply:

• Involve injury, whether to participants or others.

• Involve damage to property, third party or not.

• May give rise to an insurance or legal claim.

• Involve non-standard equipment or techniques.

• Involve failed or malfunctioned equipment.

• Highlight safety points or were unusual.

• You feel the sport may learn from.


Please also report any incidents to the Pennine Club Safety Officer:

Jim Seed - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to report any incident, if you want to ask if an incident needs reporting or not, or just to discuss any safety issue.

If you have an incident however minor, fill in the form and send it.  

By sharing your experience, other pilots might not make the same mistake. Secondly, by showing that safety incidents don't have to involve a fatality, we can convince our insurance company that free flying is like most other sports.

Accidents rarely happen by chance. Most accidents occur because a chain of events come together - most of the time we get away with it; sometimes we don't.