Surya Kiran aircrafts crash in Bengaluru – One Pilot dead

Crumpled and burnt - Surya Kiran aircraft | Photo: ANI


  • Two Surya Kiran aircraft (Hawks) crashed during a practice sortie in Bengaluru.
  • One pilot succumbed to injuries, two others are safe.
  • The Surya Kiran aerobatic team has been an eye catcher at multiple Aero India shows

A mid air collision of two Hawk trainer jets occurred Tuesday at Bengaluru’s Aero India show. The condition of the pilots is unknown. The incident happened during the practice session of the Suryakiran aerobatic team (SKAT) of the Indian Air Force. The 12th edition of the air show will showcase latest technologies and products by global aerospace majors. The show is to be held from February 20- 24, 2019.

One Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot succumbed to his injuries following the crash of two Surya Kiran aircraft after a mid-air collision at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru on Monday afternoon.

“One pilot has succumbed to injuries in the Surya Kiran jet crash; two others safe,” DGP Fire Services MN Reddi told PTI.

According to news reports, the two aircraft crashed after a mid-air collision during the rehearsal for the Aero India show which begins here tomorrow. The two pilots had ejected safely and were rushed for medical aid but one pilot succumbed to injuries.

The deceased pilot is Wg Cdr Sahil Gandhi who flew as Surya Kiran 7. The other two pilots, team 2IC Wg Cdr Vijay Shelke and Sqn Ldr Tejeshwar Singh are injured but ok. The rest of the team has recovered to HAL Airport.

Local police said that one civilian also suffered injuries in the incident. “The debris has fallen near ISRO layout, Yelahanka new town area,” police told ANI earlier.