Aero India 2019: 2 Surya Kiran aircraft collide mid-air during rehearsals

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Bengaluru : 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.

Both the pilots had ejected safely, however, one of them succumbed to his injuries. One civilian has also been reported to be injured by the accident. 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.

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 organised 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.

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