Civilian passenger unexpectedly ejected from Rafale B jet

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Athol Terence
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Civilian passenger unexpectedly ejected from Rafale B jet

Post by Athol Terence » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:03 am

On 20 March, as a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet was taking off from Saint-Dizier 113 air base for a training mission a civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from the aircraft. The pilot managed to land shortly after the incident and his hands were slightly injured by broken glass from the canopy.
The passenger, a man in his sixties, was hospitalised. His back was reportedly injured as he fell on the runway. He is now in a stable condition.

Several investigations, including one from the French investigation bureau for State aviation safety (BEA-E) and one from the Gendarmerie de l’Air, were opened. They will determine if the ejection seat was triggered voluntarily, involuntarily or following a malfunction. The Rafale ejection seat, the Mk-F16F, is supplied by a joint venture between French company Safran and the iconic ejection seat manufacturer Martin Baker.
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