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Last updated at 10:16 AM on 05/04/07
Pilot ejected from plane 1
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The Moose Jaw Times Herald
Tim Clarke, a mechanic at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, performs one of the many checks during the day on one of the A CT-156 Harvard II trainer aircraft on Wednesday. While 15 Wing officials refused to allow the media to see the actual plane a student pilot was ejected from on Wednesday morning, this is the same type of plane. Shelby Parker photograph
A student NATO Flying Training in Canada pilot training program was ejected from the Harvard II aircraft he was in as it was on the ground at 15 Wing Wednesday morning.
The student and an instructor both Canadians whose names have not been released were on the ground preparing to taxi when the incident occurred at 8:57 a.m.
The (ejection) seat worked as advertised, said Lt.-Col. Paul Goddard, acting commander for 15 Wing. The parachute opened and (the student) landed here on the ramp.
The instructor remained inside the plane.
Both were taken to Moose Jaw Union Hospital with minor cuts and bruises and were released shortly after noon.
It is not yet known what caused the student to eject, but Goddard said he was new to the NFTC.
He was just beginning Phase 2 (of military pilot training) and it was his first flight in the aircraft.
The student, who completed Phase 1 on the Grob G-120 in Portage La Prairie, Man., last fall, has about 40 hours of combined experience on single-engine military and civilian aircraft, said 15 Wing spokeswoman Lt. (Navy) Petra Smith.
He would also have had four practice flights in a CT-156 Harvard II simulator, as well as extensive emergency and ejection training, before Wednesdays flight, she confirmed.
The only damage to the aircraft was caused by the student detonating an explosive cord to blow apart the canopy and propel his ejection seat into the air.
None of the surrounding aircraft were affected.
A Canadian Forces Flight Safety team is currently investigating the incident, the first ejection by a 15 Wing student pilot since May 14, 2004.
It is not yet known when, or if, the student will return to the NFTC training program.
While the incident is certainly unfortunate, I think it highlights the excellent equipment and reliability and outstanding maintenance that goes along with the assets here that support the (NFTC), said Goddard.
All flights on Harvard aircraft were suspended after the incident and pilots were to remain grounded until at least 9 a.m. today.
Snowbirds pilots, as well as students and instructors flying the CT-155 Hawk trainer, resumed normal operations around 1 p.m. Thursday.