The Littlest Soapbox

July 24, 2010

On The Importance of Ejector Seats

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 12:06 PM

Because when you’re piloting a twin engine fighter jet, Murphy’s Law most definitely applies.

Before Impact:

After Impact:

A pilot managed to eject from his jet moments before it crashed in a ball of flames Friday during practice for the Alberta International Airshow in Canada, the Vancouver Sun reported.

Capt. Brian Bews was piloting the Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter when the crash occurred just after noon at the Lethbridge Regional Airport.

Witnesses told the Calgary Herald that Bews managed to pull his parachute and eject from the plane only moments before it erupted into flames on impact with the ground.

He had been practicing for the air show, rehearsing low-level maneuvers.

He was about 100 feet (30 meters) from the ground when he ejected and came to rest near the exploding jet.

The experienced pilot was taken to Chinook Regional Hospital with minor injuries.

Safety first, people. Safety first.

H/T Moe Lane

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