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    Not sure about the quality of the journalism, but there we are... I wonder if it was an MB seat? Might be a way to get your hands on an MB1 if you're really, really desperate?

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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6480818/Plane-passenger-accidentally-activates-ejector-seat---and-survives.html

    From the Telegraph.co.uk




    Plane passenger accidentally activates ejector seat - and survives

    A civilian passenger in an air force display plane accidentally activated the ejector seat while reaching for something to steady himself during a mid-air manoeuvre.



    The novice flier instantly shot through the jet's [sic] perspex canopy [sic] and was blasted 100 metres into the sky by the rocket-powered emergency chair [sic].

    Experts said the man was lucky to escape unharmed following the bizarre incident, which happened on Wednesday in South Africa.

    It is thought he activated the ejector seat after lurching forward during an aerobatic manoeuvre and accidentally pulling on the black and yellow emergency handle between his legs.

    The lever is fitted as standard in the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II jets [sic] to allow pilots and their passengers to eject from the aircraft in the event of an emergency.

    As soon as it was activated, the ejection sequence activated two rockets attached to the back of his chair.

    The man, who has not been named, later floated back down to Earth on a parachute which opened automatically.

    South African Airforce bosses scrambled a helicopter to pick up the passenger after the blunder near Langebaanweg airfield, 80 miles north of Cape Town.

    The incident happened shortly after he took off for a joyride [sic] with an experienced pilot from South Africa's Silver Falcons air display team.


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    PC-7 Mk II is a development of the PC-9's airframe and avionics, retaining the PC-7's wing in order to mount external stores. Engines are carried over from the PC-7. In many ways this aircraft is a hybrid PC-7 and PC-9, either a PC-7 'Heavy' or a PC-9 'Lite' depending on point of view. Developed for the SAAF, and known as the 'Astra'
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    http://www.martin-baker.co.uk/produc...ts/Mk--15.aspx

    One of these, perhaps? Or the Mk 16 Low Speed?

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    LOL!

    At least the handles weren't above and he leaches forward and pulls the pilot ejector handles...OOPS!

    or perhaps he just wanted to beat the plane to teh ground?

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    or maybe the pilot and just had enough of his passenger...?

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    Default What a trip...

    As one observer said: "What a trip. That guy took off in an Astra, came down in a parachute, and landed back at base in a helicopter. Not bad for a for a single flip."

    All that, plus a rocket-propelled bit at 20g!
    Last edited by Noodlefish; 02-11-2009 at 17:49.
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