A fascinating video clip has emerged of a Russian pilot (who was wearing a personal video recorder on his chest) ejecting from his damaged Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack aircraft, after it was hit by Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire. A tip o’ the hat to The Aviationist for publishing the video. All the action happens in the first 30 seconds.
You can see how quickly things happen at low level. If he’d hesitated even a second or two, the aircraft would have flipped inverted on its way to crashing, and would have fired his ejection seat straight down into the ground. You don’t survive that, at that altitude.