Pilot dead as 2 aircraft crash in India during aerobatics practice


Rafale, a French fighter aircraft flies ahead of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Photo: IC)

A pilot belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) died, while another two were reportedly safe on Tuesday as two aircraft collided and crashed in India's southern city of Bengaluru during a practice sortie.

According to media reports, one pilot succumbed to his injuries after ejecting from one of the crashing aircraft.

Two "Surya Kiran" aircraft of the IAF collided mid-air and crashed immediately during a practice sortie near the Yelahanka airbase ahead of the Aero India Show, which will begin on Wednesday.

Two other pilots were admitted to a local hospital for medical checkups, added the reports.