Postmortems

Surviving partial ejection (military aviation)

Partial and unintended ejection sequence triggered by negative G and caused by metal fatigue, the mechanism having been in service for 28 years. No-one died. First person accounts from the pilot and bombardier here. Technical explanation of the series of causes in this sub-page.

LT Gallagher’s upper-body and arm are seen above the canopy as the A-6 comes in for an emergency landing.