Originally Posted by Jack46
There were in fact five or six injured, including the student pilot and instructor. The news here is currently reporting that all have been released from the hospital except one of the naval aviators. First Responders are still searching through the damaged/destroyed buiidlings, so we are keeping are fingers X'd. Jack
Yep - that is the latest news. I've read about several of these military crashes, and without exception, the list of injured/killed is amazingly short. Pilots are so highly trained and so dedicated they'll go down with their planes if it means the plane hits in a less poplulated area.
It must be 14 years or more ago, but there was a Reserve Squadron doing their active duty practice with their usual "vintage" planes - not the newest stuff by a long shot. Flying close formation, there was a mid air collision (touch) about 160 miles out - one plane barely damaged, the other lost almost 1/3 of a wing and almost all of it's tail. The pilot was advised to eject, but he kept the plane under control and with an escort plane flew back to Oceana and landed safely. Nothing hit the media until the plane was down, but even seasoned "regular Navy" pilots simply couldn't believe anyone could have flown it 160 miles and landed it without incident.... and this from a weekend warrior.
Be very impressed with what happened today - You might never want to launder their flight suits - but they pulled off something equivalent to the miracle on the Hudson. Not quite that kind of storybook ending, but everyone is alive and recovering.
Of course NO pilot wants to eject. The ejection seat is great for saving life, but it's often a career ending choice. The rocket blast can cause spinal disc compression and eye problems including detached retinas have happened. Wait too long, you float down into your own fireball, or worse you eject upside down at 500 feet and you get the "Polish Parachute" - opens on impact.