Two aircraft of Indian Air Force's Suryakiran Aerobatic Team crashed in Bengaluru today, a day before the opening of the Aero India show, a top police official said. The accident took place at around 11:50 am during a rehearsal session at the Yelahanka airbase in north Bengaluru.
One of the three pilots have reportedly died. The two others, who ejected safely, have been injured.
A video showed the two Hawk jets crashing down, while performing a complex manoeuvre. Another video showed thick, black plumes of smoke rising from the airbase.
"Oh my god, oh my god," a man can be heard saying as the jets crashed into a bushy area in Yelahanka's ISRO Layout, a residential area. The area near the burning jets has been cordoned off by the police.
Watch the video here:
#WATCH Two aircraft of Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team crashed today at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru, during rehearsal for #AeroIndia2019. One civilian hurt. Both pilots ejected, the debris has fallen near ISRO layout, Yelahanka new town area. #Karnatakapic.twitter.com/gJHWx6OtSm— ANI (@ANI) February 19, 2019
Aero India 2019 will be held between February 20 and 24. The stunning formations by the Suryakirans, the Indian Air Force's dare-devil aerobatic squadron is a regular highlight of the aero show.
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