An unfortunate incident has been reported during the rehearsals of the 12th edition of Aero India 2019 which will kick-start tomorrow. Two Indian Air Force (IAF)’s aircraft have collided mid-air, killing one pilot Sahil Gandhi who is the wing commander where two other pilots ejected safely.
Three pilots were on board in the two aircraft which are believed to be BAE Hawk MK 132 and belong to the IAF's Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team who were practicing their stunts for the five-day show. The visuals of the aircraft falling from the sky are going viral on social media. Nirmala Sitharaman, the union Defence minister said she is aware of the incident but did not comment further.
The IAF in a statement said the collision took place around 11:50 AM near Nitte Meenakshi Engineering College. The debris fell near ISRO layout, Yelahanka new town area, injuring a civilian. A primary investigation is being initiated to find out the cause of the accident.