IAF, Indian Air Force, Surya Kiran, Practice session, Aerobatics, Aero show, Bengaluru, Pilot, Air show, Aero show 2019One Indian Air Force pilot died on Tuesday after two Surya Kiran Hawks collided mid-air and crashed.

The incident happened during rehearsals for the Aero India 2019 defence exhibition in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Director General of Police MN Reddi tweeted, “One IAF pilot suspected to have died in the air crash.”

The pilot who lost his life was practising spin manoeuvres when the accident happened. The two others managed to eject from the planes safely. One civilian also sustained injuries in the accident.

The injured pilots are out of danger.

According to the police, debris of the aircraft has fallen near ISRO layout in Yelahanka new town area. The accident happened in the airspace near Nitte Meenakshi Engineering College.

A video showed thick, black plumes of smoke coming from near the Yelahanka airbase.

The Surya Kiran aerobatic team recently upgraded to the Hawk from Kiran aircraft. The team is an eye catcher at multiple aero India shows.

In similar practice sessions, one pilot was killed in 2009 and two in 2006.

Further details awaited.

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