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Bengaluru: Two aircraft collide during Airshow rehearsal, One pilot dead

in Bengaluru's suburb Yelahanka. The aircraft crashed into each other as soon as they took off from Yelahanka airbase. The impact was so powerful that a massive fire broke out immediately setting both the planes ablaze.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 19 Feb 2019 6:46 AM GMT

Bengaluru: Two aircraft collide during Airshow rehearsal, One pilot dead
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Bengaluru: Two Surya Kiran aircraft collide during Airshow rehearsal
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Yelahanka/Bengaluru: One pilot lost his life after two jets of the Indian Air Force's Surya Kiran aircraft, on Tuesday, collided with each other during the rehearsal of biennial airshow in Bengaluru's suburb Yelahanka.

The aircraft crashed into each other as soon as they took off from Yelahanka airbase. The impact was so powerful that a massive fire broke out immediately setting both the planes ablaze.

However, both the pilots were reported safe as they ejected themselves before the fire broke out in the engine but later, one pilot lost his life due to several injuries.

A video of the incident was uploaded on the internet where thick, black plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the airbase. A video on local television channels showed the two jets coming down, possibly during practice.

The rehearsals are going on for a five-day long Aero India show which will be held in the city February 20 and 24. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the five-day biennial event.

The stunning formations by the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) in the Hawk advanced jet trainer, the Sarang team in the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and the daring manouveres by its Jaguars, Mirages and MiGs will be the highlights of this aero show.

Bengaluru has been hosting the aero show since it started in 1996.

Saima Siddiqui

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