The man was reaching for something to steady himself during a mid-air manoeuvre when he pulled on the black and yellow emergency handle between his legs.
As soon as it was activated, the ejection sequence activated two rockets attached to the back of his chair, shooting him through the jet’s perspex canopy.
The man, who has not been named, later floated back down to earth on a parachute which opened automatically.
South African Air Force bosses scrambled a helicopter to pick up the passenger after the blunder near Langebaanweg airfield, 140 kilometres north of Cape Town.
Experts said the man was lucky to escape unharmed following the bizarre incident. –– Ananova.
NO ‘LYNX EFFECT’: A luckless Indian romeo is suing Lynx after he failed to land a single girlfriend during seven years of using their products.
Vaibhav Bedi (26) is seeking £26 000 from parent company Unilever for the “depression and psychological damage” caused by the lack of any Lynx effect.
Court officials in New Delhi have agreed to order forensic laboratory tests on dozens of his half-used Lynx body washes, shampoos, anti-perspirants and hair gels.
Lynx –– marketed as Axe in India –– is famous for its saucy ads showing barely clothed women throwing themselves at men.
“The company cheated me because in its advertisements it says women will be attracted to you if you use Axe.
“I used it for seven years but no girl came to me.”
When contacted Unilever declined to comment on the case.
But India’s leading compensation litigator Ram Jethmalani warned: “There is no data to substantiate the supposition that unattractive and unintelligent men don’t attract women.
“In fact some of the best looking women have been known to marry and date absolutely ghoulish guys. I’d suggest that the company settles this issue out of court.” –– Ananova.
DIVORCE OFF BUDGET: Financial woes often drive couples apart but the current recession seems to be having the opposite effect, with less couples able to afford the cost of a divorce.
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) said more than half of the respondents to its latest survey among its 1 600 members had cited a drop in divorce filings during the current recession which has cut jobs, salaries and house prices.
In total, 57% of the attorneys noted fewer divorce filings since the last quarter of 2008. Only 14% noted an increase in filings during these difficult times.
“The current economic climate is proving to be far more unforgiving than estranged couples seeking a divorce,” said Gary Nickelson, president of the AAML, in a statement.
“Forced to weigh damaged marriages against tight budgets and uncertain financial outlooks, many spouses seem more willing to try and wait out the recessionary storm”. –– Reuters.
ROAD ROULETTE: Bulgarian prosecutors are investigating a new gambling game in which drivers defy death by speeding through red lights for bets of up to $7 400, the chief prosecutor’s office said.
Known as “Russian road roulette”, the driver must jump red lights at busy intersections at high speed and not crash into any other cars or pedestrians, according to local media reports. Onlookers also gamble on the result. –– Reuters.