"Crazy French safety report: A defense contractor gets offered a joy ride in Rafale B, but fails to strap into seat and helmet properly, then mistakenly yanks ejection handle during negative-g event on take-off climb"
Fighter jet crash averted by defect in civil ejection incident...
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April 9, 2020 - by Clement Charpentreau for aerotime.aero
On March 20, 2019, a civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet as the aircraft was taking off from Saint-Dizier 113 airbase, eastern France.
The final report of the French investigation bureau for State aviation safety (BEA-E) on the incident outlines a chain reaction of both human and technical failures, one of which unexpectedly prevented the fighter jet from crashing.
Passenger unprepared and mishandled
The civilian passenger, identified by the report as a 64-year-old employee of a French defense manufacturer, was offered a discovery flight on a Dassault Rafale B fighter jet as a surprise by four of his colleagues, including a former pilot of the French Air Force that organized the gift.
The civilian was already nervous when he entered the cockpit,...
Crazy French safety report: A defense contractor gets offered a joy ride in Rafale B, but fails to strap into seat and helmet properly, then mistakenly yanks ejection handle during negative-g event on take-off climb. Rafale, minus backseat, lands safely. https://t.co/vypNLiIPfX pic.twitter.com/mWmMLzTaUY
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