Mumbai (Web Desk): Two pilots killed when an Indian Air Force Mirage-2000 trainer fighter jet crashed in southern country’s state of Karnataka on Friday.
According to the Indian Air Force, two senior pilots identified as Squadron Leader Sameer Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddarth Negi were killed after they ejected from the aircraft during its take-off run at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) runway in Yemalur in Bengaluru.
The incident took place at 10.30 am. The aircraft burst into flames immediately after the crash.
Later, by about 11.30am, investigating teams from both IAF and HAL landed at the spot and began vetting the crash site.
After inspecting for about an hour the flight data recorder (FDR)—black box—was recovered, sealed and flown away. At least two choppers were pressed into service soon after the incident, and the wreckage remained at the spot well after lunch, the Times of India reported.
#InPhotos | Two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots were killed on Friday after a Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft on a test sortie crashed at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport in Bengaluru.
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The Mirage 2000 is equipped with ‘zero-zero’ (zero speed, zero altitude) ejection seats which enable the pilots to bail out even if the aircraft is on the ground and is not moving. It is unclear at what stage of the take-off run the fighter was in when the pilots decided to eject.