Two aircraft of IAF’s aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed after grazing each other midair, in this crash a pilot got killed and two injured during a rehearsal for the Aero India show.
Both aircraft then came crashing down in a bushy area in a residential layout, but none of the locals was injured, the police said. “There were three pilots; one has died, while two suffered injuries,” DGP Fire Services M N Reddi, who rushed to the mishap site, said.
Video clips of the incident showed the two jets crashing to the ground and bursting into flames near Yelahanka airbase after brushing against each other midair, a day ahead of the five-day event.
Thick black plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the mishap site moments later, with a man in the video yelling “Oh my God, oh my God.”
The Hawk jets were performing a manoeuvre when one was flying inverted carrying a pilot and the other below it with two pilots moments before they hit each other and spun out of control, according to police and eye witnesses.