This page contains important safety information for members flying our sites.
It is important to note that the information given here is summarised for reference purposes.
Complete information is included in the PSA Sites Guide which is available to all members and needs to be carefully read before flying any of our sites.


Flying Accidents - Procedure Summary

If you think you have witnessed an accident while you are flying, land as soon and as safely as possible, then:

  • Assess the situation - further dangers?
  • Assess the casualty & give first aid if possible otherwise assist others.
  • Organise any bystanders to help with casualty or securing the scene.

Note important information for emergency services:
  • Casualty name and details of injuries.
  • Note the details of the area, hill, field, valley, obstructions etc.
  • Location, grid references, street names, postcodes etc.

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Contact the emergency services

  • Use 999 ask for relevant service dependent on location.
  • Give the information previously gathered when requested.

Prepare for emergency services:
  • Other pilots flying should be told to land immediately by any means available.
  • Have somebody wait to meet emergency services on a road if in an isolated spot.
  • Use any markers that may be available such as fluorescent vests that may help indicate where you are.

Procedure Following The Event


If you witness a flying-related accident or incident, report it as soon as possible (after the police & AAIB) to the BHPA Technical officers:
Tel 0116 289 4316.

Complete a BHPA Incident Report Form (IRF) from the BHPA web site (on-line) as soon as possible.

Also record full details of any witnesses before they depart and get them to submit a form also.

BHPA Report Form Online

Some Other Possible Situations


    Do not approach a casualty if any part of their aircraft are in contact with power lines or any cables are touching the ground.

    Automatic circuit breakers may attempt to reconnect the power several times without warning.

    Contact the emergency services/electricity company to cut power.


    If you must land out, select and approach your landing field with great care, scan for power lines, buildings and trees and look out for footpaths.

    Try to avoid livestock and crops or long grass (silage).

    De-rig in an area clear of crops and animals.

    Do not walk through crops unnecessarily but skirt around them.
    If you think you have done any damage to things such as gates, fences and crops then find the landowner and report it.

Be sure to check out the 'contact' page which has more links to safety-related sources of information…..…………

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