[Hang-gliding accidents in high mountains. Apropos of 200 cases]

Chirurgie. 1991;117(8):613-7.
[Article in French]


A review of 200 cases of "paragliding" accidents in high mountain areas has been completed. The first flights have been murderous, a thesis written in 1987 in Grenoble showing seven dead out of 97 casualties. Since then the statistics seen to be improving as a consequence of the setting of regulations and the establishment of "paragliding" schools. The more frequent accidents happen on landing: in 70% of the cases fractures of the "tibiotarsienne", the wrist and the spinal column prevail. They happen to young adults between 20 and 40 years old, with a variable experience. Preventive measures consist in a greater prudence, a good physical condition and a precise aerological knowledge. The adepts of this sport have understood that wearing a helmet and appropriate shoes could reduce the gravity of the accidents. "Paragliding" if not a dangerous sport is certainly a risky one.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Aviation / mortality*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Athletic Injuries / mortality*
  • Aviation*
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk
  • Trauma Severity Indices