Fatal paragliding accident near Plettenberg Bay on 14 September 2020

The South Africa Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA) deeply regrets to convey that a paragliding pilot was involved in an accident at the Uplands launch site outside Plettenberg Bay on 14 September 2020.

The pilot later died of his injuries.

The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined. SAHPA will investigate in conjunction with AIID of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). Further information on the AIID process.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go to his family and friends.

Take note: SAHPA is prohibited from investigating, or speculating on the cause of incidents and accidents. For this reason, SAHPA may only confirm the gender, date, time and location of an accident and will not offer any further comment. Accident investigations are performed by SACAA Accident & Incident Investigation Department (AIID).

  • Journalists are requested to direct enquiries and technical questions to safety@sahpa.co.za.
  • SAHPA members are requested to direct questions to a local instructor, or attend the next Safety Seminar.