Prang report: GR.4 roll kills navigator, Mogadishu attacks Il-76 transport — again

From the daily wires:

A test flight of a GR.4 Tornado went tragically awry yesterday when the back-seat navigator was somehow dislodged from his seat and fell through the canopy with the aircraft in an inverted roll. Read the full bizarre story here.

Meanwhile, I have received a report from Flight International’s internal data team that an Azerbaijani-owned Ilyushin Il-76 was fired on while landing yesterday at the Mogadishu airport. I am still hunting for a news report of this inident. If confirmed, this incident follows two previous attacks in March on Il-76 transports arriving in Mogadishu.

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One Response to Prang report: GR.4 roll kills navigator, Mogadishu attacks Il-76 transport — again

  1. RTLM 16 November, 2007 at 5:29 am #

    My condolences to the GR.4 test pilot’s family.

    He was ejected through the canopy? Its my understanding that the canopy is blown off prior to the seat activation. This is the first I’ve ever heard of this type of failure.

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