November 2, 2009
Last Wednesday, an as-yet-unnamed joyrider in a South African Air Force Pilatus PC-7 Mk. II turboprop inadvertently triggered his ejection seat while over Langebaanweg Air Force Base in the Western Cape Province. The passenger was blasted through the canopy within seconds, much to the astonishment of G. P. Lourens, an SAAF Silver Falcons demonstration team pilot. The ejection system functioned flawlessly; the parachute deployed, and the stunned passenger was retrieved by a helicopter.
Commenter no. 1: “Was this perhaps Julius Malema [a controversial South African politician]?”
Commenter no. 2: “If it WAS Malema, can ejection seats be triggered by the pilot?”
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