RAF Harrier crew forced to eject

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RAF Harrier crew forced to eject

Harrier crew bang out

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Two RAF men were injured when they were forced to eject from their aircraft in Cyprus.

The crew members were involved in a training exercise at their base in Akrotiri when it is believed their plane caught fire.

They were forced to eject and were taken to hospital with "non-life-threatening" injuries, a spokeswoman for the British armed forces in Cyprus said.

Investigators are trying to find out what happened.

The spokeswoman said: "The crew ejected safely and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries."

The incident occurred just after 3.10pm local time, she said.

Akrotiri airfield opened in 1956 and is a permanent base for 84 Squadron, which performs search and rescue duties as well as supporting UN peacekeeping forces on the island.

It is also used by the RAF for training and as a staging post for transport aircraft.

Display team the Red Arrows also practises at the base from late March each year.
 
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Good to hear they both banged out. All be it slightly shorter than before. Are they the first MB tie recipients this year?
 
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That don't leave us with many trainers left
 
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The-Lord-Flasheart said:
Good to hear they both banged out. All be it slightly shorter than before. Are they the first MB tie recipients this year?
As far as I'm aware they are.
They're probably in the mess by now sipping sherry... :p
Forgot to say I'm glad they're ok.
 
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When i first saw this i thought that they had to ditch in the stan. Wouldnt like to have to do that....
 
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Who forced them to eject ?
Would they face disciplinary action if they didn't ?

Edited to state that I'm glad they are safe.
 
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The jet came into the hover over the runway at approx 100 feet (the pilot had a passenger an SAC!) Obviously cannot reveal their names but the pilot is very experienced.

As he was holding it in the hover a fire broke, out loss of power the pilot elected to eject straight away.

Both got out fine and are okay
 
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flynavy said:
The jet came into the hover over the runway at approx 100 feet (the pilot had a passenger an SAC!) Obviously cannot reveal their names but the pilot is very experienced.

As he was holding it in the hover a fire broke, out loss of power the pilot elected to eject straight away.

Both got out fine and are okay
Blimmin 'eck. Tres lucky teddy bears in that case. Even more so if the pax was non seat trained (I'm guessing the T10 has comd eject?).
 
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The-Lord-Flasheart said:
flynavy said:
The jet came into the hover over the runway at approx 100 feet (the pilot had a passenger an SAC!) Obviously cannot reveal their names but the pilot is very experienced.

As he was holding it in the hover a fire broke, out loss of power the pilot elected to eject straight away.

Both got out fine and are okay
Blimmin 'eck. Tres lucky teddy bears in that case. Even more so if the pax was non seat trained (I'm guessing the T10 has comd eject?).
It's the new "hands on training", I bet new underwear was required afterwards!

Thankfully no harm done to the chaps involved.
 
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ABrighter2006 said:
That's some incident - glad to read they got out okay and are in one piece. What is the minimum altitude that one can hit the button?
Spike will no doubt correct me but modern seats are 'zero/zero' meaning their envelope allows them to be operated on the ground with no speed and still achieve a successful eject. In the harriers case, gravity assisted from 100' means virtually no reaction time which makes this eject even more impressive.
 
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flynavy said:
The jet came into the hover over the runway at approx 100 feet (the pilot had a passenger an SAC!) Obviously cannot reveal their names but the pilot is very experienced.

As he was holding it in the hover a fire broke, out loss of power the pilot elected to eject straight away.

Both got out fine and are okay
Yup,
I'd heard it was a passenger in the back.
Flashy,Harrier does have command eject.
 
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The-Lord-Flasheart said:
ABrighter2006 said:
That's some incident - glad to read they got out okay and are in one piece. What is the minimum altitude that one can hit the button?
Spike will no doubt correct me but modern seats are 'zero/zero' meaning their envelope allows them to be operated on the ground with no speed and still achieve a successful eject. In the harriers case, gravity assisted from 100' means virtually no reaction time which makes this eject even more impressive.
Flashy's correct,
most seats have a rocket booster pack which fires as the seat goes up the rail,boosting the height where a baromatic time delay unit tells the seat it's at a height to release the chute.Most seats have self righting where if the ejection is'nt straight up,it'll correct itself.
Sadly,it did'nt help Sqn Ldr Simon 'Budgie' Burgess,but that's another tale of cutbacks/shortcuts ect.
Ironically,the most modern & sophisticated seat is Russian!
 
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spike7451 said:
Sadly,it did'nt help Sqn Ldr Simon 'Budgie' Burgess,but that's another tale of cutbacks/shortcuts ect.
Ironically,the most modern & sophisticated seat is Russian!
Spike did this guy successfully eject on Granby then die in 96 ejecting from a Hawk?
 
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Phew, 100 foot hover with a broken donk?! I can only say congratulations and well done the pilot. He got himself and just about the greenest pax possible, out in a window that couldn't have been any more than three seconds.

Glad to hear they're unhurt.
 

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