"Ok we need to wait the conclusion of the investigation but why the hell didn`t he eject?" - Goy Just getting your hands on the center pull ejection handle of the ACES II seat can be a problem in high-g situations. Another problem with the F-16 is that the canopy gives excellent visibility, but is so tough that the seat doesn't have a canopy breaker. Failure to jettison the canopy results in a failed attempt. While the ACES II as fitted in the F-16 is a 'zero-zero' seat, it is not capable of achieving a successful ejection under all flight conditions. Essentially the ejection sequence requires the pilot to position himself for ejection, reach and pull the handle between his legs. The canopy is jettisoned, the seat rocket fires. As the seat fires the drogue mortar launches the extraction chute, and then the main is deployed. At a high rate of sink, or low altitude the sequence may not happen quickly enough to ensure survival. Seats are better than stepping over the side, but . . .
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