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  Chronological Listing of Finnish Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
                 
Valmet VH-31 Vihuris

From its intorduction in 1951 until removed from service  April 1959, 16 aircraft (of the 51 built) were lost or destroyed beyond repair. Nine pilot were lost in the accidents.

                 
DATE ??   Vampire
[Type ??]
    Mid air collision Pilot ejected    
DATE ??   Vampire
[Type ??]
    ???    
25th January 1954
Finland
MIG-15     Crashed near  Rautjärvi, near Imatra Russian Pilot Leutenant Gennadij Perezhok
ejected
   
                 
                 
29th July 1958
Finland
???       Capt. O. Halminen ejected   Martin-Baker
19th April 1964
Finland
Gnat F.Mk.I GN-108 FL.35 spin due to fuel blockage Lt. M. T. Kepponnen ejected safely  

 

 
Folland
20.5.1964
Finland
MiG-21F MG-64   Had engine problem Captain Kauko Juvonen ejected    
10th February 1968
Finland
Gnat F.Mk.I GN-111 FL.46
Luonetjarvi base
 trim failure Pilot ejected safely   Gnat F.Mk.I
27.11.1970
Finland
MU-3
[Mig-15
UTI]
      Major Seppo Vuorio ejected    
2.7.1971
Finland
MiG-21F MG-62   Hit trees during low level nav sortie. Sergeant Veikko Wetterstrand  ejected between the trees and was saved.    
8th September 1975
Finland
MiG-21F MG-79 Karelia Wing, Siilinjärvi Engine trouble during post maintenance test flight.

disintegrated in flight due to the failure of the engine high-pressure turbine disc

After ejection the engine stopped and the aircraft was cut into two pieces.

The pilot Segeant 1st class Yrjö Mörsky was injured during ejection   KM-1
19th November 1977
Finland
MiG-21F Pilot Lieutenent Heikki Lahtela ejected safely   KM-1
MG-63
Karelia Wing, Juankoski
Was returning from a fly-by when the other main gear didn't come down. One main landing gear of MG-63 failed to extend due to a mechanical failure.

The aircraft landed almost intact in the middle of a wood. The aircraft was used as a training devise in the Air Force Technical School.

17th March 1981
Finland
Hawk HW-302
Satakunnan Air Command, Fighter Squadron 21
[HavLv 21] Pirkkala AB
hit trees when coming out of the loop too low      
Capt Kari Heilimo ejected  as plane inverted very low, but hit the ground Maj Jukka Uhari - did not eject
survived heavily wounded
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I found your pages about Ejections on Internet and as a former pilot in the Finnish Air Force I found that there was an error in the list
of Finnish ejections. There was not to my knowledge any ejection from a Hawk on the 6th of July 1981. On the other hand there was an
accident on the 17th of March 1981 with  from . The pilot, Capt Kari Heilimo ejected but hit the ground  after the aircraft had hit the trees and the aircraft was rolling. The passenger,  had forgot to remove the safety pin from the ejection seat and remained in the aircraft
surviving the impact with the ground.
Reference: The book "Kohtalokkaat lennot 1945-1988" by Jaakko Hyvönen.

  HW-302, , 17.3.1981

HW-302 . Pilot ejected and killed back seater did not eject and.
24th August 1984
Finland
MiG-21bis MG-115 Karelia Wing, Anttola The oil filler cap of MG-115 opened inflight, resulting in, Oil pressure failure. engine damage, crashed at Anttola, 25kms south‑east of Mikkeli, Finland The pilot Capt Olavi Salla ejected without injuries
KM-1
 
9th May 1986
Finland
Hawk HW-313 Lapland Air Command, Fighter Squadron 11, Kemijärvi hit the ground during display practise on practise area and was totally destroyed Pilot did not eject, and was killed   Martin-Baker
30th September 1986
Finland
MiG-21bis MG-120 Karelia Wing, Juankoski inflight Engine compressor blade failure The pilot Capt Pauli Perttula ejected with minor injuries KM-1
16th December 1988
Finland
Hawk HW-320 Satakunta Air Command, Fighter Squadron 21, Pirkkala AB The landing gear of  collapsed on hard landing
Plane repaired and is back in service
    Martin-Baker
Lt. P. Tikkanen ejected without injuries Lt. J. G.  M. Jakonen ejected without injuries Martin-Baker
27th February 1989
Finland
Hawk HW-340 Lapland Air Command, Fighter Squadron 11, Kittilä airport swerved into a snow bank after a hard landing on the edge of the runway. Plane repaired and is back in service     Martin-Baker
HANNU Tournela
 ejected, no injuries 
Laitinen
 ejected, no injuries
Martin-Baker
5th December 1989
Finland
Hawk HW-317 Karelian Air Command, Fighter Squadron 31, Rissala AB engine failure on takeoff M. Ritola
ejected no injuries
  Martin-Baker
9th December 1989
Finland
Hawk T.51 HW-319 Kuopio, Finland crashed on take-off aircraft was destroyed
Pilot ejected
 
???? Martin-Baker
5th November 1991
Finland
MiG-21bis MG-117 Karelia Air Command, Sotkamo sustained landing Nose gear  system failure inflight at night

Plane flew

almost 150 km after ejection.

The pilot Sr Ltn Kimmo Niemelä ejected   KM-1
22 March 1995
Finland
MiG-21bis MG-122 HavLLv 31
Karelia Air Command, Maaninka
engine fire due to turbine failure crashed at Maaninka approx 25 miles from its base at Rissala AB The pilot Ensign Jyri "Jyty" Ruokonen ejected   KM-1
7th April 1998
Finland
Hawk HW-323 Karelian Air Command, Fighter Squadron 31, Tuusniemi Hit the ground in vertical manouvre during dog-fight training Pilot likely ejected but too late and hit the ground still in his seat   Martin-Baker
1st July 1998
Finland
Hawk HW-324 Flight Test Centre, Pälkäne Engine flamed out due to the incorrect assembly of a fuel system component     Martin-Baker
Kostiainen
ejected safely
Pitkanen
ejected safely
Martin-Baker
7th November 2001
Finland
F-18 Hornet HN-430 Karstula HN-413 and HN-430 collided on a training mission at night.HN-413 sustained severe damage but was able to return to base on one engine pilot
Senior Lt. Jouni Junttila
ejected
  Martin-Baker
1st Hornet Ejection in the Finnish Air Force
7th November 2001
Finland
F-18 Hornet HN-413 Karstula Sustained severe damage but was able to return to base on one engine Senior Lt. Ville Pasanen    
Tuesday 25th March 2003
Finland
Hawk HW-305 Lapland Air Command, Fighter Squadron 31, Salla During low level flight on a training flight, hit trees during turn and sustained damage     Martin-Baker
lieutenant ejected sustaining only minor injuries cadet ejected sustaining only minor injuries Martin-Baker
1st September 2004
Finland
Hawk HW-325 Finnish Air Force Academy, Training Squadron, Siikainen Hit the ground in bad weather Pilot 2nd Lt. ??? killed   Martin-Baker
4th May 2006
Finland
F/A-18C
Hornet
HN-438 Karelia Air Command Mid air collision. Canopy damage
Landed aircraft safely at Rissala Airbase in Kuopio
1st Lt ??
No Ejection
  Martin-Baker
4th May 2006
Finland
F/A-18C
Hornet
HN-447 Karelia Air Command Mid air collision.
Tail damage
Landed aircraft safely at Rissala Airbase in Kuopio
1st Lt ??
No Ejection
  Martin-Baker
Thursday 28th September 2006
evening
shortly after 22:00

Finnish Air Force
Hawk Mk51 jet fighter-trainer HW-335 Training Air Wing, Fighter Squadron 41, Kruunupyy airport Bird strike after practise ILS approach and go-around
Crashed in woodland near airfield
, Kruunupyy

    photo Finnish Defence Forces
Martin-Baker
pilot ejected safely  landed nearby

Finnish Air Force webpage

TRANSLATION
thanks to Peter Mattjus

Thursday 21st January 2010
Finnish Defence Forces
F-18D Hornet HN-413   Crashed during test flight in forest in Juupajoki in Finland's Pirkanmaa province 200 kilometers north of Helsinki     Martin-Baker
NACES
Captain ???
32
ejected
 fracture injuries
Lieutenant Colonel ???
44
ejected
injuries
Martin-Baker
NACES

This was the damaged single-seater which had recently completed several years on rebuild into a two-seat F-18D as HN-468.  The aircraft had only reflown on December 3 after 100,000 man-hours of work by Patria on the conversion. [see 7th November 2001]

Wednesday 26th January 2011
19:58

Finnish Air Force
F-18C "28"
photo: Ilmavoimat
Pilot
Lennon ??
[confirm]
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker NACES
Satakunta Flight Wing Tampere-Pirkkala AFB Taking part in night flight exercises "Phantom Flight Satakunta Air Exercise",  where the runway was unlit and the pilot flying with the aid of a pair of night vision goggles. The aircraft skidded off a taxiway during landing and crashed into a snowbank at Tampere-Pirkkala airport
                 
page last updated
Thursday, 27 January 2011 10:41
 
   Sources + References Under Construction below
 
  Sources - Finnish Defence Forces; Folland Gnat History; Sir James Martin-Biography, world wide web;

From the book

"Mig-21 Suomen Sinessä" (in Finnish) ISBN 951-97839-0-3

Suomen Ilmavoimien Lentokoneet (MiG-21 in Finnish Air Force) by Jyrkl Laukkanen ISBN 952-502639-6 (in Finnish - some English translations and captions)

   

Perttu Karivalo

Jukka O. Kauppinen

Jarmo Lindberg

Peter Mattjus

Finnish Ministry of Defence

Göran Bruun, Res.Ltn, Finnish Air Force