What Happens After An Incident Like This

  • Jan 20, 2016 8:44am GMT
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A fascinating and informative video release from the Canadian Armed Forces takes us inside the investigation process following the crash of the CF-18 demonstration jet in 2010. The Hornet was being flown by Captain Brian Bews and lost thrust during the High Alpha pass. 2 years later a military investigation concluded that a sticky piston likely led to the crash during the airshow practice in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Capt. Bews was forced to eject seconds before the jet crashed and said, "I knew where the jet was going and I didn’t want to be there with it, so I knew my only chance of survival was to pull the ejection handle.” He suffered three compressed vertebrae.

The crash led to the RCAF improving its air-show training program and expedited an upgrade of the main fuel controls on all CF-18s. In the video below you'll see how they came to that conclusion and the team members involved in the investigation.

The video is bilingual but if you select CC (captions) you will see a translation.

Cover Photo: William Gilson Aerophoto International

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