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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223248
Last updated: 21 February 2020
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Date:20-MAR-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
C/n / msn: #358
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Saint-Dizier AFB (LFSI) -   France
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saint-Dizier-Robinson Airport (LFSI)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The aircraft was taking off when the seat ejection device of the navigator tripped. The pilot managed to land the aircraft safely.
The 64-year-old navigator, who is not a soldier, was thrown off the runway and 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.


Sources:

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/le-navigateur-d-un-rafale-grievement-blesse-apres-avoir-ete-ejecte-au-decollage-20-03-2019-8035947.php
https://www.ouest-france.fr/societe/faits-divers/haute-marne-trois-enquetes-ouvertes-apres-un-accident-rarissime-impliquant-un-rafale-6272047
http://www.defens-aero.com/2019/03/partie-flotte-rafale-air-marine-clouee-au-sol.html
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http://rafalefan.e-monsite.com/pages/dossier-rafale-avionique/siege-ejectable.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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]

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