A thousand bonus points to the South African Air Force for managing to write this news release with an exclamation point and a hint of humor:
By Dean Wingrin
In a highly unusual incident, a SAAF Astra training aircraft landed with one person less than which it took off!
ThePC-7 MkII Astra, a two-seat training aircraft, is the aircraft flown bythe SAAF’s Silver Falcon aerobatic team. A member of the aerobaticteam, Capt Gerhard Lourens, who occupies the number four position inthe five man team, was flying with a passenger in the rear seatyesterday when the passenger unintentionally initiated the ejectionseat.
The ejection seat is normally only used when the pilotsneed to exit the aircraft in a dire emergency as the aircraft is aboutto crash.
The unknown passenger landed without serious injury,apart from that to their pride. The Astra landed safely, but hassuffered damage from the ejection.