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Red Arrows Pilot killed in ground accident

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:39 pm
by Phoenix
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15640104
BBC wrote:A Red Arrows pilot has died after being ejected from an aircraft at the aerobatic team's base in Lincolnshire.

The RAF confirmed the pilot was ejected from a Hawk T1 jet while it was on the ground at RAF Scampton.

The Military Aviation Authority is carrying out an independent inquiry to determine the cause of the incident.

The RAF said its thoughts were with the pilot's family. It confirmed Red Arrows training had been suspended, but that RAF's Hawk T1 fleet would still fly.

The pilot's family has asked for a period of grace until his name is released.
He later died of his injuries.

RIP

Re: Red Arrows Pilot killed in ground accident

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:49 pm
by vandal
More sad times for the Red Arrows and their extended families, from engineers to pilots, friends to family and just us average fan.

The worrying factor in the story, other than the great loss of life. Is the ejector seat, it's a Martin-Baker Mk 10B zero-zero rocket-assisted ejection seat, the zero-zero is meant to mean that it can launch from 0 alt safely. This could have a huge impart on not just the RAF but air forces all around the world.
Click here and click on the 'variants' section to see a complete list of every nation and aircraft that uses this seat. So I really really hope there is not an issue with the seat.

Re: Red Arrows Pilot killed in ground accident

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:54 pm
by iqmal_97
So that's one of the reasons why they aren't performing for LIMA 2011 @ Langkawi this year. My sympathy and condolences.

Re: Red Arrows Pilot killed in ground accident

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:23 pm
by Timmayx
RIP Sean Cunningham


There is something not right about this accident. Either it was a planned ejection and the chute has failed to open, or, what has probably happened in my opinion, it's an unplanned ejection and there is a serious issue with these seats.

Re: Red Arrows Pilot killed in ground accident

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:39 pm
by halberdier25
I don't see why a mishap from an ejection on the ground is even remotely fishy; especially if it was accidental.