Published On: Tue, Feb 19th, 2019

Two Surya Kiran Hawks of IAF crashes during practice

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Two Surya Kiran Hawks of Indian Air Force’s aerobatics wing collided mid-air Tuesday during rehearsals for Aero India 2019 defence exhibition scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Surya Kiran Hawks, IAF

The two aircraft were practicing spin maneuvers and the pilots managed to eject themselves safely during the accident.

However, official report is still awaited whether the pilots are safe, who were the two pilots and what’s their present condition.

TV footage showed thick, black plumes of smoke emerging out from near the Yelahanka airbase. The accident occurred near Nitte Meenakshi Engineering College and its debris has fallen near ISRO layout too.

A day before, on Monday, the aerobatics wing team flew in complete formation and all parameters were reported normal.

The Surya Kiran aerobatic team is one of the best in eye catching at multiple Aero India shows and lately the wing upgraded from Kiran aircraft to Hawk.

From 20 to 24th of February the 12th edition of Aero India 2019 will take place at Yelanhanka in Bengaluru. It is an international aerospace and defence exhibition.

Deputy chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal V.R. Chaudhari will be leading the team in flying the French fighter jet.

He took over as deputy chief last year in October. He has 3,800 hours of flying experience of various aircraft including Sukhoi Su-30MKI, MiG-29 and MiG-21.

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