|Crash site of Rafale B316|
December 6th 2007, 4 Rafale of the Provence squadron are performing a BVR combat training over Correze. At 05:24 pm, after 19 minutes of combat, the Rafale B316 hit the ground killing its pilot, Captain Emmanuel Moriuser.
4 years later, this official report confirms that the crash might have been due to a spatial disorientation of the pilot.Apparently, the pilot had deactivated 2 altitude warning/safety systems, increasing the time to recover his altitude reference after several high G turns in poor visibility conditions.
No issue with the flight performances of the plane was found.
Following this crash, the BEAD has recommended
- the implementation of an automatic recovery system (activated by the pilot) for the Rafale.
- the ability to display the IPS (ADI) data on the Head level display.
- The modification of the Helmet dark visor holding system