Goose died because the Canopy stayed above the aircraft which was in a flat spin.
The Canopy Jettison Handle is supposed to be pulled to allow Canopy more time to separate from Aircraft’s Z-Axis.
As for the canopy jettison handle,
It’s located on the right side of the forward panel. in both pilot and rio pits, F-14A,B, and D.
Both Pilot or Rio even if Pinned forward should have been able to reach it,
However, The Procedure of Ejecting the Canopy First, Came AFTER the event’s that Killed Other Test Pilot’s.
Unfortunately the Answer for the Flat spin problem was simple, put wings at aft sweep, CoG and CoL shift aft, nose falls, recover.