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Old 11-03-2009, 04:12 AM   #1
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Default Man Accidentally Pulls Eject Lever While Flying in Jet

A passenger enjoying a civilian joyride accidentally cut the trip short when he ejected himself from the plane after grabbing the eject lever while trying to brace himself.

The passenger, who was flying in a Pilatus PC-7 Mk II with an air force pilot friend, The Daily Mail reported.

He was instantly blasted 320-feet into the sky by the rocket-powered chair, before floating to the ground with an automatic parachute, the paper reported.

Air Force officers quickly deployed a helicopter to retrieve the passenger after his fall 80 miles south of Cape Town, South Africa.

The pilot of the craft, Captain Gerhard Lourens, is a long-time member of the Silver Falcons air force air display team, according to The Daily Mail.

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Old 11-03-2009, 04:15 AM   #2
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Just be glad he didn't press this button:

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Default Re: Man Accidentally Pulls Eject Lever While Flying in Jet

So what does that do to the Jet? Does the pilot have to eject too?
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LOL, that guy had to be in a daze when he landed, he probably didnt have time to register what in the world was going on. That had to be a crazy feeling.
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This was actually South Africa's Air force
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It would probably help if I read more than the first couple lines.
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After reading the article I instantly flashed back to holding watch with a .50cal hovering over the Mekong Delta on search & rescue. He is lucky he didn't break his back or kill the pilot.
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