Jets of Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team collide mid-air; one pilot dies

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Jets of Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team collide mid-air; one pilot dies

Bengaluru: In a major incident, two jets of the Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team collided in Bengaluru on Tuesday a day before the Aero India show begins.

According to reports, out of three pilots, one of the pilots lost his life. The accident took place at the Yelahanka airbase in north Bengaluru, during a rehearsal session ahead of the mega show.

A video on local television channels showed the two jets coming down, possibly amid a manoeuvre.

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A video showed thick, black plumes of smoke rising from the airbase.

Aero India 2019 will be held between February 20 and 24. The stunning formations by the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) in the Hawk advanced jet trainer, the Sarang team in the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and the daring manoeuvres by its Jaguars, Mirages and MiGs are some of the highlights of the aero show.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the five-day biennial event.

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