A 64-year-old French man was getting the ride of his life aboard a real-life fighter jet – right up until he hit the ejector seat button.
In March of last year, the retiree got to ride along in a fighter jet as a surprise gift, but the high-speed ascent made him so nervous he gripped the seat for dear life – accidentally triggering the ejector seat and flying out of the plane.
The man fell 2,500 seat but miraculously suffered only minor injuries when he landed in a nearby field. Officials say it’s a ‘miracle’ that the pilot was not also ejected.
Officials say the man had never flown on a military aircraft before and felt pressured into accepting the ride. The French Air Force is now reviewing its procedures.
Would you want to fly in a high-speed military jet?