A 64-year old civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet as the aircraft was taking off from Saint-Dizier 113 air base on Mar. 20, 2019.
The backseater, whose identity was not disclosed, is said to be a man. He suffered serious back injuries and was hospitalized according to the French Air Force spokesman.
The incident occurred at 13.52 LT as the aircraft was taking off for a training mission.
The pilot managed to land the aircraft with minor injuries to his hands caused by broken canopy.
The “gendarmerie” is responsible for conducting further investigations on this very unusual accident.