They were rehearsing for the Aero India show at the Bengaluru airbase; while two pilots were ejected safely, one pilot succumbed to his injuries.
In an unfortunate incident, two aircraft of the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team crashed on Tuesday, just a day before the start of the 12th edition of Aero India 2019 at the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru. They were rehearsing for the Aero India show at the Bengaluru airbase. Two search helicopters were rushed towards the spot immediately after the incident. Reports suggested while two pilots were ejected safely, one pilot succumbed to his injuries.
The Bengaluru Police told ANI: “One civilian hurt. Both pilots have ejected, the debris has fallen near ISRO layout, Yelahanka new town area.” These pilots of Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team were practicing formation aerobatics when they lost the control, and the aircraft collided before crashing down.
Wing Commander, Praful Bakshi, told India Today: “It requires a tremendous amount of expertise to carryout formation aerobatics, and such crashes keep on happening all over the world. This is extremely dangerous, and requires hours and hours of practice. The incident is quite unfortunate, but now the probe will be done, and experts will analyse it.”
2.12pm:The Indian Air Force confirms damage to life and property in the vicinity of crash site is being ascertained.
1.21pm: The rescue operation is underway at the crash site in Bengaluru.
1.12pm: MN Reddi, Karnataka DG Police, says one of the IAF pilots is suspected to have died in the air crash.
1.01pm: One of the pilots has been feared dead after the jet crash during the rehearsal, though the Indian Air Force is yet to confirm the news.
12.51pm: The latest visuals regarding the aircraft crash show the two aircraft falling from the sky after the crash.
12.00am: As per the earlier plan, a battery of US Naval assets, including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, was supposed to be on display at the Aero India Show from February 20 to 24. In the Indoor Pavilion, scaled models of LCA-Tejas variants, Airforce Mark-1, Medium Weight Fighter, Naval Variants and also trainer variants were also scheduled to be displayed.