Research Article

Icarus's syndrome: new hazards in flight.

Br Med J 1977; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6064.823 (Published 26 March 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;1:823
  1. G M Yuill

    Abstract

    The British Hang Gliding Association accident report for 1975 reported two deaths. The remaining cases were predominantly limb fractures. The major causes of the injuries were inexperience, high wind speed, turbulence, and stalling. It is contended that the sport is no more risky than is rock climbing, motor-bike racing, skiing, or potholing, yet against these undoubtedly dangerous sports no threat of prohibition exists. The current accident rate in hang gliding could be reduced dramatically by the provision of proper courses of instruction.