Two Indian Air Force jets collide mid-air during air show rehearsals
New Delhi : Two Indian Air Force's aircrafts have collided mid-air during rehearsals of an air show. The incident happened at the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
The aircraft, believed to be BAE Hawk MK 132, were rehearsing for the Aero India show in Bengaluru.
Both the pilots ejected from the planes but one of them succumbed to his injuries.
“One pilot has succumbed to injuries in the Surya Kiran jet crash; two others safe,” said DGP Fire Services M N Reddi.
The mishap occurred during a sortie as part of the rehearsal for the five-day air show. Police said a civilian was also injured in the mishap.
“Today morning at around 11.50, two Hawk aircraft of Surya kiran aerobatic team crashed while practising for the forthcoming Aero India Air Show. Three pilots were occupants. Two pilots ejected and have been evacuated to the Command Hospital. Third pilot sustained fatal injuries. Damage to life and property in the vicinity of crash site is being ascertained. A Court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident,” the IAF said in a statement