Murphy's Law: Swedes Perfect Spontaneous Ejection


May 29, 2007: Last month, a Swedish Gripen fighter crashed when the pilot suddenly ejected. The pilot insisted that he had not activated the ejection system. After intense investigation, and lots of computer simulation of flight systems, investigators concluded that the pilots account of events was accurate. Turns out that if enough g-force is applied to the aircraft, the pilot ejection system automatically activates. This leaves the aircraft without a pilot, right after it has performed a stressful maneuver (to produce the high g-force.)

This sort of thing is increasingly common with modern weapons systems. That because these systems are increasingly more complex systems of systems, where it has become impossible to forecast all of the possible unpleasant, and unwanted, events that could occur under certain situations.




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close