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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 269006
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Date:18-SEP-2021
Time:16:45 LT
Type:Powered Paraglider
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: Unregistered
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Loch Na Gainmhich, Lairg, Sutherland, south of Unapool, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
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Narrative:
Local media reported an accident involving 2 gliders. One glider pilot died, the other sustained serious injuries.

The incident happened just before 5pm on Saturday [18 September 2021] near Loch Na Gainmhich in Lairg, Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. A man has died and a woman was seriously injured in an accident involving two powered paragliders in the Scottish Highlands.

Emergency services were called out to the incident, which happened south of Unapool in Wester Ross, on Saturday. Police and ambulance both attended the scene, while the fire service sent two pumps and a special resource vehicle from Inverness.

Police confirmed the death of one of the pilots of a paramotor. 'Police Scotland can confirm that a 54-year-old man has died and a woman has been seriously injured following a collision involving two paramotors yesterday afternoon,' said a Police Scotland spokesperson.

'Police were informed about the incident near Loch Na Gainmhich by the A894 shortly before 4.45pm and enquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing. The next of kin of those involved have been informed.'

The woman's injuries are not believed to be life threatening. A fire service spokesman said: 'We were called at around 5.54pm to assist police and ambulance with an aircraft accident involving two gliders near the A894 south of Unapool.We sent two pumps, along with a special appliance resource from Inverness. Two causalities have been reported, one male and one female.'

The female is understood to be the 'Human Swan' Sacha Dench. Ms Dench made headlines in 2016 when she travelled 4500 miles in a motorised paraglider from the Arctic to the UK following the migration route of the swan. It is understood the pair had been taking part in an expedition called Round Britain Climate Challenge, which was set to see Ms Dench circumnavigate over 3000 miles of the UK in a 'green' electricity-powered paramotor. She is recovering in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness from serious, but not life threatening injuries.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman said the incident does not come under the AAIB’s remit to investigate, but is the domain of Police Scotland and the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

Unapool is a small settlement in the Assynt district of Sutherland in the Highland council area of Scotland. It is located on the A894 between Durness and Ullapool. Ullapool and the A835 are located nearly 30 miles away. The nearest settlements to Unapool are Kylsesku and Newton.

Sources:

1. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/3479237/man-and-woman-injured-following-glider-accident-in-northern-highlands/
2. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10006557/Man-54-killed-woman-seriously-injured-paragliding-crash-Scottish-Highlands.html
3. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/7723194/highlands-paragliding-crash-man-dies/
4. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/tributes-paid-after-tragic-paraglider-25023351
5. Sascha Dench official website: https://www.sachadench.com/
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacha_Dench
7. https://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/climate-campaigner-sacha-dench-survives-paraglider-crash-whi-251615/
8. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/20/climate-activist-sacha-dench-injured-and-colleague-killed-in-paramotor-accident
9. https://www.itv.com/news/2021-09-21/human-swans-family-pay-tribute-to-her-support-paramotorist-killed-in-crash
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unapool

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Oct-2021 07:25 Nicky nine-toes Added
17-Oct-2021 07:26 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Damage, Narrative]
17-Oct-2021 17:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative, Category]
21-Oct-2021 19:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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