A passenger aboard a French Air Force Rafale fighter aircraft had a shorter flight yesterday than he’d anticipated.
A civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet (example shown below – image courtesy of Wikipedia) as the aircraft was taking off.
The fighter jet was taking off … for a training mission, on March 20, 2019. The pilot managed to land shortly after the incident. His hands were slightly injured by broken glass from the canopy.
The passenger, a man in his sixties, was hospitalized. His back was reportedly injured as he fell on the runway. He is now in a stable condition.
There’s more at the link.
I presume the passenger was an aviation journalist or photographer, or a VIP visitor. Such flights are often arranged for important visitors like that. In this case, I suspect he got a rather wilder ride than he’d hoped for! He’ll be dining out on that story for years . . .