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Civilian accidentally ejected from French fighter jet

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During recreational fly-along

A civilian inside a French fighter jet got considerably more than they were bargaining for when he was accidentally ejected.

The unidentified 64-year-old passenger, who "does not belong to the [French] Ministry of Armed Forces," sustained back injuries when he was unexpectedly flung from the cockpit during take-off.

Incredibly, he was reported to be in a stable condition after being taken to hospital after the incident at Saint Dizier Air Base in northeastern France.

"His health condition is not a cause for concern," Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, spokesman for the French Air Force, told Aerotime News.

It is not yet known exactly what occurred inside the cockpit on March 21 when the unfortunate incident took place.

Multiple investigations were conducted into the accident, and France subsequently suspended all training flights for its fleet of Air Force Rafale B jets.

It remains unclear whether the error was the result of the passenger touching a "do not touch" apparatus, or if the fault lay on the pilot or on-the-ground officials for not briefing the civilian.

The pilot, meanwhile, sustained minor injuries to his hands after the unscheduled ejection broke the canopy glass, but was able to land the aircraft shortly after the ejection.

The Rafale suspension was lifted on March 28, according to the Aviationist.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/civilian-accidentally-ejected-french-fighter-jet-fly-along/7783c897-cf95-4543-a911-ab40faf05892

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