Less than three months after the tragedy that cost Jon Egging his life, another pilot of the Red Arrows display team died yesterday. F/L Sean Cunningham was killed yesterday when his ejection seat fired while his aircraft was at a standstill.
Despite the accidental firing of the seat, the pilot should have been able to parachute down to safety but it appears that the parachute never deployed. Sean Cunningham died of his wounds a short time after the incident.
This type of accident is extremely rare but, although modern ejection seats are very effective, they are very complex and potentially dangerous pieces of equipment.