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Pilot killed as Indian military jets collide in air show rehearsal

  • Published at 05:50 pm February 19th, 2019
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Indian Air Force personnel gather around the wreckage of one Surya Kiran 'Hawk' aircraft after two of them collided in mid-air and crashed during India's biennial international Air Show rehearsal at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on February 19, 2019 AFP

Witnesses told how the aircraft spiralled out of control after hitting each other and crashed near a residential area outside the Yelahanka air base in the southern city of Bangalore

Two Indian Air Force jets practising for an aerobatic display collided in midair Tuesday killing one of the pilots, officials said.

Witnesses told how the aircraft spiralled out of control after hitting each other and crashed near a residential area outside the Yelahanka air base in the southern city of Bangalore.

A huge fireball rose into the sky, they added.

Only one civilian was hurt by flying debris however while two pilots who parachuted to safety also suffered injuries, officials said. 

"One pilot died of fatal injuries and two other pilots ejected out of the two Hawk advanced jet trainers after they collided midair and crashed," said an Indian Air Force statement.

An official investigation was immediately launched.

The two jets were to take part in a display by the Surya Kiran acrobatic display team on the first day of the Aero India show in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Tuesday's accident is the second deadly crash in the region this month. The Indian Air Force has suffered regular crashes in recent years as it upgrades its ageing Soviet-era fleet.

Two pilots were killed after their jet crashed near Bangalore on February 1.

India is investing billions of dollars modernising its air force to compete with China.

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