Bengaluru: Pilot Killed As 2 Jets Of Air Force Aerobatic Team Collide

Bengaluru: Pilot Killed As 2 Jets Of Air Force Aerobatic Team Collide

Two Jets Of The IAF's Aerobatic Team Collided,  Before Bengaluru Air Show 

New Delhi: After a mid-air collision, two jets of the Indian Air Force's Suryakiran Aerobatic Team crashed over the Yelahanka airbase in north Bengaluru. The incident claimed the life of one of the three pilots. The two others, who ejected safely, have been injured and taken to the Command Hospital.

At around 11:50 am, the accident took place during a rehearsal session ahead the Aero India show that opens in the city tomorrow. "There were three pilots, one has died. Two are safe with injuries," MN Reddi, Director General of Police, Fire Services, told news agency PTI. An investigation has been ordered by the air force.

In the video, two Hawk jets are seen spinning out of control shortly after a reported mid-air collision following which two pilots were seen ejecting. It's unclear if the third pilot was able to eject or not.

A man can be heard saying, "Oh my god, oh my god," as the jets crashed into a bushy area in Yelahanka's ISRO Layout, a residential area. The cops are The area near the burning jets has been cordoned off by the police.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is in Bengaluru, is rushing to the Yelahanka airbase. "I'm aware of it (incident)," she said, but did not elaborate further.

The five-day biennial event is expected to be attended by thousands of visitors. Since, the commencement of the show, it has been hosted by Bengaluru. The last Aero India show was held in February 2017.

At the aero show this year, a battery of US Naval assets, including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, will be on display, as part of strengthening defence cooperation between the two countries.

On Day One, a fly-by will be performed by B-52 Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.