Two aircraft of the Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran aerobatics team have crashed at the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru. The twin crash came during rehearsals for the Aero India 2019 expo. One pilot is feared dead, while two others are injured but safe, according to officials.
The two aircraft reportedly collided mid-air during the rehearsals for the annual Aero India expo, which is set to begin in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
One pilot is feared dead in the incident, said MN Reddi, Karnataka’s DGP for Fire and Rescue Services. He said two other pilots had ejected and sustained injuries but are safe.
Though the crash happened over the Yelahanka airbase, some of the debris is reported to have fallen on the nearby ISRO Layout. Some parts of this area have been cordoned off.
An eyewitness at the site, who works for an aviation website, tweeted that the aircraft were involved in a manoeuvre when they seem to have collided. He said the nose section of one of the aircraft seem to be sheared off.
The witness tweeted that the two aircraft were flying with three personnel – two in one and one in the other. But only two parachutes were sighted, suggesting that the third pilot may not have ejected.
There is no official confirmation on the status of the pilots.
Emergency teams have rushed to spot of the crash, and search-and-rescue helicopters have been pressed into service. More details are awaited.