Incident Dassault Rafale B 4-FY,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223248
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Date:Wednesday 20 March 2019
Time:13:52 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic RFAL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dassault Rafale B
Owner/operator:Armée de l'air française
Registration: 4-FY
MSN: #358
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Saint-Dizier BA 113, Haute-Marne 52 -   France
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Saint-Dizier-Robinson Airport (LFSI)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The aircraft was taking off when the seat ejection seat of a passenger carried in the rear seat activated. The pilot managed to land the aircraft safely.
The 64-year-old civilian suffered serious injuries, including back injuries. Hospitalized, he is in a stable and conscious state. The pilot suffered cuts in his hands because of broken glass cockpit.

27-Mar-2019 : the Air Force made the decision to ground a part of the Rafale Air fleet, two-seater (B) as a single-seater (C).
Indeed, for this flight, the selected ejection mode was common to the crew. This means that if the pilot in place before chosen to eject, this also triggers the ejection of the navigator in the rear seat and vice versa if it is the personnel in the rear seat who pulls his grip. In this incident, when the civilian pax shot intentionally or involuntarily on its ejection handle, it triggered its ejection seat and part of the pilot device in place before. Indeed, the pilot harness recall was activated, but the ejection of the seat did not trigger.



Revision history:

20-Mar-2019 20:03 Iceman 29 Added
21-Mar-2019 06:40 OLIHEN69 Updated [Source]
21-Mar-2019 07:25 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
22-Mar-2019 06:01 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type]
28-Mar-2019 07:48 Iceman 29 Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2020 16:24 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
30-Jun-2022 04:40 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Embed code]

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