Two Advanced Jet Trainer, Hawks attached to the Surya Kiran aerobatic team collided mid-air during a practice sortie on Tuesday afternoon, killing a pilot. Two other pilots were also injured as the jets came crashing down just outside the Yelahanka Air Force Station here.
Training for the Aero-India 2019 aerospace exposition, the hugely popular aerobatic team had completed a full dress rehearsal with nine aircraft on Monday. None of the aircraft had reported any issue with the flight parameters before Tuesday’s fatal crash.
While two pilots ejected to safety, Director General of Police, Fire and Emergency Services, M N Reddi later confirmed to Deccan Herald that one pilot had died. Two others in the second flight survived the ejection with injuries.