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Red Arrows pilot seriously injured at RAF Scampton

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Red Arrows pilot seriously injured at RAF Scampton

Red Arrows pilot seriously injured at RAF Scampton
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Full details have not yet emerged, but the BBC understands the incident involved an ejection seat and happened on the ground, not in the air.

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Eyewitnesses close to RAF Scampton reported seeing one of the Hawk aircraft with a smashed canopy, according to BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale.

Sad, especially so soon after the death of Flt Lt Egging in August.
Let's hope he has a speedy recovery.

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Re: Red Arrows pilot seriously injured at RAF Scampton

its strange, as the cockpit cover comes off before the seat flies, or was he not sitting in the seat?
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Pilot is dead unfortunately.
He was ejected, the ejection seat rail (vertical mechanism) is visible on the Hawk.
The parachute built into the seat failed to open, which caused the fatality
The ejector seat has several large locking pins which have to be removed before it will work, and are never pulled until the pilot is sat down and harnessed in.
Removed by ground crew.
The reverse after a landing.
The perspex canopy has MDC (Miniature Detonating Cord) embedded onto the inside of the perspex, and the sequence is ...
In general, Pilot pulls up, or down, the respective ejector seat firing handle (there are two) , the personal harness pulls tight, the straps around the pilots ankles pull tight to get knees away from stick and instrument panel, the MDC blows the perspex,  then the seat ejects. Less time than it takes to blink.
The Hawk only has the one lower handle I understand.
These days they are capable of being safely used at ground level.
A Zero-Zero seat, (Zero height, Zero speed) rocket powered, takes it and pilot to a safe height, when parachute should open.
I would suspect there may have been an electrical, mechanical or other malfunction.
It appears the Red Arrow was just about to leave the apron to take off with others.
Unlikely any ground personnel nearby, I was told that if an ejector seat went off whilst nearby, the vacuum created, it would suck your lungs out !!
(I used to work with military aircraft, Jaguar and Tornado)
You had to be trained and authorised to approach aircraft.
I loaded and unloaded the HUD camera, (amongst others) you had to stand on the ejector seat to get into the cockpit  !!
A lot of high speed photography showing MDC blowing canopy was done.
Many, many years ago.


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Re: Red Arrows pilot seriously injured at RAF Scampton

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its strange, as the cockpit cover comes off before the seat flies

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As it was covered much better by PlusCom UK.
I replied to pierre's post before reading yours...
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