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Pilot stuck on power line

Old 19th Sep 2019, 11:43
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Pilot stuck on power line

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Old 19th Sep 2019, 12:36
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Belgian AF F16B 2-seater; successful ejections:

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Old 19th Sep 2019, 12:42
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Will he be charged?
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 13:00
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Will he be charged?
no doubt after being kept hanging around for a while...
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 13:51
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I expect they are both a little shocked...
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 13:55
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Originally Posted by diginagain View Post
Will he be charged?
Possibly with low level buzzing.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 14:02
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They found themselves in a high-tension situation.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 14:10
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Thankfully, they're currently ok.....
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 14:13
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Amazingly the BBC have an image of the actual ejection sequence.

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Old 19th Sep 2019, 14:28
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Ohmy......gives a whole new meaning to voltage drop!
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 14:46
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usual buffonery.


  • Orthostatic Hypotension: In suspension trauma, this refers to the pooling of blood in the leg veins of a worker that occurs when individuals fall in harnesses, are suspended in confined spaces, etc. and are forced to hang vertically with their legs relaxed (immobilized).
  • Reflow Syndrome: The return of pooled, hypoxic blood and its metabolic byproducts from the extremities to the heart (more about this later).
  • Rescue Death: When related to suspension trauma, this type of death occurs in patients who appear physiologically stable during the rescue and extrication but suddenly die after being freed.
  • Suspension Trauma: Injuries Sustained from being immobilized in a vertical position when the legs are relaxed and immoble. Injuries include hypoxia (insufficient oxygen reaching the tissues); syncope (loss of muscle strength and/or fainting); hypoxemia (abnormally low levels of oxygen in the blood causing shortness of breath); acidosis (excessive acid in the body fluids or tissues, build up to CO2); ventricular fibrillation (irregular contractions of the heart where the chambers quiver uselessly instead of pumping blood, generally followed by sudden cardiac arrest); myocardial infarction (heart attack or literally “death of heart muscle”); damage to the liver, kidneys and brain; and possibly death. ​
  • Suspension Syndrome: The condition in which a suspended person becomes unconscious due to orthostasis (upright hanging position) without traumatic injury.
Scarey stuff right? Still with me? The "good" news is that suspension trauma can only affect someone who is immobile – specifically not using their leg muslces to any great extent. It does not normally affect people who wear a harness who are:
  • Actively moving about (climbing, rope access, rescue work, etc.)
  • Suspended for only a minute or two (parachutists)

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Old 19th Sep 2019, 14:58
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Pilot probably a bit of a live wire on the Squadron
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 15:23
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Didn't (some?) RAF zoomies have a system in their PSE for descending in such circumstances? I think jungle canopies were regarded as more likely events than wires.

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Old 19th Sep 2019, 15:28
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 15:29
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The link on the main Beeb page says Pilot ejects onto power line after the warplane crash... LOL

I expect the story will soon fizzle out, but I can see it pylon the pressure for answers as to what happened.

I heard they took him to hospital and he was eventually discharged.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 15:36
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Treescape. 100ft of line with a lowering device. Attached to the front of the flying suit under the life preserver.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 16:07
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Probably the worst thing to do would be to use a treescape as that would connect the pilot to earth - whereas being connected simply to the power line itself is less of a hazard as helicopter power line inspectors prove on a regular basis!

Good that the pilots are safe and sound after the event. Some ejections have involved a lot of luck; perhaps one of the more amazing was that from XM604 in 1968, again through powerlines:

"The aircraft had rolled to port through at least 90 degrees but not more than 120 degrees, with a nose down angle of between 15 and 20 degrees when the Captain ejected from an approximate height of 300 feet by pulling the face blind. The blind partially covered the right side of his face because he only used his right hand to pull the face screen firing handle. Due to the attitude of the aircraft and the low height at the time of ejection the parachute had only streamed when the pilot passed through high tension cables close to the scene of the accident. The canopy caught one cable, pulled that cable onto the next one and caused an electrical short. This fused the nylon panels together which acted as a brake, and the pilot was lowered to the ground. As his feet touched he undid the quick release box and walked away."
And now back to the amateur comedians....
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 16:29
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Must write “Pylon” or “Pylone” on the next helmet.....

Glad their safe.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 17:38
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From the BBC...

"Built in 1983, the F-16 was apparently in good condition when it took off."

Well, that's good to know!

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Old 19th Sep 2019, 18:25
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Has he been grounded?
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