Experiences of rocket seat ejections in the Swedish Air Force: 1967-1987

Aviat Space Environ Med. 1989 Apr;60(4):367-73.


From 1967 to 1987 there were 83 successful and 9 fatal ejections with Saab rocket seats in the Swedish Air Force. Medical consequences and injury factors are reviewed. Thirty-nine survivors had nontrivial injuries; four were seriously injured. The risk for injury has been approximately 50% throughout the period. Two-thirds of the survivors resumed flying within a week, the remainder after up to 1 year, except for three pilots who terminated their flying status.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Aviation / mortality
  • Accidents, Aviation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Aircraft / standards*
  • Emergencies
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival*
  • Sweden
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy