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Bengaluru: Two IAF Surya Kiran aircraft collide mid-air during Aero India 2019 rehearsal; 1 pilot dead

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 19 February 2019, 13:54 IST

Two IAF Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team jets collided mid-air at the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru while rehearsing for Aero India 2019. Unfortunately, one of the pilots got killed in the collision. The crash come days ahead of Aero India show. 

According to reports, the aircrafts were part of the aerobatic display team that had arrived at Bengaluru from Bidar, ahead of the Aero India show.

"One civilian hurt. Both pilots have ejected, the debris has fallen near ISRO layout, Yelahanka new town area," Bengaluru Police said.

The two jet mid-air crash happened when two of the aircraft suffered a head-on collision during a rehearsal. The pilots were rushed to medical facility at the airbase where one killed. Another pilot is undergoing treatment, says reports.

According intial reports, emergency vehicles have rushed to the crash site. Aero India 2019 will be held between February 20 and 24. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the five-day biennial event.

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First published: 19 February 2019, 12:17 IST
 
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