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He suffered serious injuries, including back injuries and was hospitalized. He’s reportedly in stable conditions and his health is not a cause of concern according to a French Air Force spokesman.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
The more I've thought about this, I'm just stunned the pilot could actually land after that!
Has that ever even happened before, where one crew ejects and the other safely lands the plane???
The blast from the ejection event must have been incredible. I would think the concussion, let alone the over-pressure, would be enough to render the remaining pilot unconscious.
I knew a USAF pilot who endured an ejection once (I think it might have been a T-38, but don't recall exactly) and it ended his flying career. He said it was the ... "single most violent experience he could have ever comprehended!". Said they trained for it, but the real thing was 1,000 times more violent. In fact, he said the only thing he could remember about the actual ejection was thinking about how incomprehensibly unprepared he was for the forces involved in the real deal. Compressed his spine so hard he was 1.5" shorter afterwards. Spent months in rehab too.