With just a day left for the Aero India 2019 air show in Bengaluru, two BAE Systems Hawk trainer jets belonging to Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team of Indian Air Force crashed at Yelahanka Air Force Station during rehearsals on Tuesday.
According to the latest reports, one among the three pilots is dead and two civilians were also injured in the crash. The two jets were rehearsing for the Aero India show.
According to the eyewitnesses, the incident happened around 12 pm near the ISRO layout in Yelahanka New Town area. The cause of the accident is yet to be identified.
As per the reports, the plane was reportedly flying at a speed of 400- 500 kmph at the time of the crash.
Aero India 2019 is a biennial air show and aviation exhibition organized by the Defence Ministry in Bengaluru. It is one of the biggest air shows in Asia that provides a platform for manufacturers and service providers from the aerospace and aviation industry to meet potential buyers.
The 12th edition of the airshow will be conducted from February 20-24. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the five-day event that is being held at the Yelahanka airforce station.
The aerobatics team of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) is a part of the 52nd Squadron of the IAF that was formed in 1996. The team has since performed numerous aerobatic demonstrations usually with nine aircraft.