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Curious accidental ejection Rafale

Old 21st Mar 2019, 08:16
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Curious accidental ejection Rafale

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Old 21st Mar 2019, 08:58
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Looks like the rear seater was a 64 year old non-military personnel on a jolly.
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 09:46
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But it should still be a zero-zero seat and he should have had non-threatening injuries
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 09:50
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Does the Rafale have a seat-box survival kit? Does it lower automatically? If yes and no, landing on the box/box landing on the ejectee might be painful.

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Old 21st Mar 2019, 10:15
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
But it should still be a zero-zero seat and he should have had non-threatening injuries
it might have been windy, which would affect the severity of the landing, and what the passenger landed on (eg, runway lights) would have an influence too.
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 10:19
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But it should still be a zero-zero seat and he should have had non-threatening injuries
Dislocation of expectation, unanticipated event with insufficient training, suddenly finding yourself being dragged out of the airframe and dragged down the tarmac by your parachute...
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 00:07
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Did they check whether the pax grabbed the ejection handles to hold on during the takeoff?
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 01:46
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Add the above that almost certainly a poor ejection posture (I doubt he was expecting it) and probably not ready for the landing...

zero-zero doesn’t guarantee absence of injury...
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 03:47
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From all accounts, it's a violent enough event when you're braced and ready.
Imagine it happening when you weren't!
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 10:50
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Originally Posted by flighthappens View Post
Add the above that almost certainly a poor ejection posture (I doubt he was expecting it) and probably not ready for the landing...

Looks like the take-off phase caught him by surprise too!
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 09:56
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Another article

To be honest I'm pleasantly surprised he got away with it...
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 11:10
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I hope he was a civilian research scientist and not the pilots dad.
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 23:47
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He was a journalist on a fam flight. Suffered a serious back injury but is OK. Pilot received cuts to his hands from pieces of broken canopy.
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Old 26th Mar 2019, 00:00
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I wonder if they got a tie?

Mk16 Ejection Seat for Rafale - Martin-Baker

Ejection Tie Club - Martin-Baker
"life membership of the Ejection Tie Club is confined solely to those who have emergency ejected from an aircraft using a Martin-Baker ejection seat, which has thereby saved their life."

It's wasn't an emergency, and then it was!
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Old 26th Mar 2019, 08:35
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Originally Posted by atakacs View Post
Another article

To be honest I'm pleasantly surprised he got away with it...
From the comments on that article:
I believe he was from the UK.
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Old 26th Mar 2019, 12:44
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Would that not make it, 'ejexit', then?
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