Imagine planning to a popular airshow to enjoy the sight and sound of your favorite warbirds only to witness a very peculiar crash.
During that segment of the show, a Harrier pilot was showing off his plane’s most unique ability, namely, the hover.
Standing still over the water as people soaked it the sight, the plane plunged without warning, the pilot ejecting a fraction of a second before impact. He failed to select the nozzle control lever to Hover Stop, after he moved the nozzle lever to slow down and start the hover. The subesequent investigation concluded the crash was due to pilot error. Nevertheless lucky to have successfully ejected at such low altitude, the pilot did suffer a broken ankle.