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Pilot death at Saichia

A 47 year old visiting Japanese pilot has died after an accident at Saichia according to Apple News. He’d traveled to Taiwan from Hokkaido in a group of eight. The article says he fell from 20m above the LZ in a spiral that may have resulted from a glider malfunction, namely broken lines. He was […]

Pilot death at Puli

From local news reports a 52 year old Taichung pilot died on August 27th at Puli’s larger launch area. Apparently he had encountered turbulence shortly after take-off, had a collapse and not been able to recover before hitting the ground. The reserve parachute was not deployed. He died on the spot from head injuries. Local […]

More tandem accidents in Taidong

A tandem operator ended up in tree with his passenger on May 5th after launching into very strong and gusty winds. Those with a sharper eye may recognize the glider as a competition model which is not rated for tandem operation at all and definitely requires expert skills in handling, even in the best of […]

Wanli site closed

AKA Feitsuiwan and Green Bay, this long-established site has been blockaded by the land owner. This site was founded by a group of ex-ROCAF pilots who had traveled to Europe to learn the then-new sport of hang-gliding. They were lucky enough to have a spot of land on a hill near Wanli and even had […]

Pilot dies in Puli

Now News news item on pilot death near Puli Apple News on same accident The news item says the 57-year old Hsinchu pilot, surnamed Wu, crashed in the river bed near 塔洛灣橋, which is close to Chingjing Farm. This is a very dangerous XC route with no safe landing places for several kilometers in very […]

Korean pilot dies in Saichia

Apple News report A 51-year old Korean pilot named Lee died on January 5th at Saichia. Reasons given for the crash are pretty speculative right now, with some witnesses suggesting a mid-air collision and a locked spiral dive led to the fatal crash, while others suggest a collapse and recovery gone wrong.

Pilot in trees near Liukuei

Pilot rescued from high trees near Liukuei A 47-year old Japanese pilot was rescued from tall trees near Liukuei. He’d taken off in Saichia and attempted an XC to Liukuei. Luckily the pilot was not hurt and his glider could be removed from the trees.

Yehma club negligence costs NT$630,000 for injuries

Apple News article Back in summer 2011 a Yehma club instructor surnamed Liu had a mid-air collision at Green Bay with another glider, resulting in a crash and multiple broken bones for his female passenger. Finally Ms. Lin had her day in court where she won NT$630,000 in damages for herself, the court having decided […]