“MiG-23 Pilot Not Prepared To Eject When Ejection Was Initiated” NTSB Preliminary Report Says.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board (NTSB) launched the preliminary report on the investigation of the August 13 MiG-23UB crash at the Thunder Over Michigan airshow. As we reported, two pilots ejected from a privately owned two-seat MiG-23UB Flogger, registration N23UB/1038107, and landed in Belleville Lake, whereas the jet crashed close to the Waverly on the Lake Flats in Belleville.
The MiG-23UB, the one personal Flogger on this planet, was owned by former U.S. Navy pilot Dan Flier who runs a well-liked Instagram page offering updates on the N23UB in addition to different Floggers within the technique of being restored. The stricken plane had been one of many highlights of the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo at Lakeland, Florida, in April, and, extra just lately, the EAA’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Photographs and movies circulating on social media instantly after the crash confirmed the MiG-23UB on a left flip at low altitude before the two crew members ejected due to an unknown drawback. The preliminary report now sheds some extra mild on what occurred, and it seems that the ejection was initiated by the backseater whereas the pilot was nonetheless troubleshooting engine issues.
Listed here are the statements launched by each occupants to the NTSB, as presented in the report:
The pilot reported that the flight departed from runway 23 at YIP, adopted by a proper flip to a “banana move” (a low-level knife edge move) alongside runway 23. Following the move, he began banking the airplane and seen that the engine afterburner didn’t ignite, and the airspeed started to lower. He introduced the swing wings into the totally ahead place (16° sweep) to extend raise and started troubleshooting the issue. He was actively troubleshooting when the rear seat observer said that they wanted to eject. The pilot reported that he was not able to eject and was nonetheless troubleshooting the issue and maneuvering the airplane towards runway 27 at YIP when his ejection seat fired, and he was out of the airplane. He said that if both occupant pulls the ejection deal with, each seats eject.
The rear seat observer said that the airplane made a move alongside the runway and the plan was to go to the left for one more move adopted by a touchdown. He said that the engine was not accelerating. He and the pilot had a quick dialogue and started to climb up and acquire altitude. They decided that they’d some sort of engine drawback and wanted to get again on the bottom. He said that they decided they didn’t have ample altitude to make it to a runway on the airport. He stated they have been compressed for time and wanted to get out. When requested if he had pulled the ejection seat handles, he said that he couldn’t particularly bear in mind however thinks that he would have pulled them.
As we talked about on the time of the crash, the pilots have been despatched to the hospital out of precaution, with the report stating that they suffered minor accidents. No different accidents have been reported on the bottom. The report additionally confirmed that the plane impacted the bottom about one mile south of the runway finish, with the fuselage part that contained the tail surfaces and engine coming to relaxation adjoining to an house constructing and the rest of the airplane fragmented and distributed alongside a 600 ft-long wreckage path.