Guwahati: In an unexpected and unfortunate incident of an aircraft crash, two pilots have lost their lives while taking off in their Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport in Bengaluru. The accident took place at 10.25 a.m on Friday.
This was a heartrending moment to witness the plane crashing in the air and burst into flames which could be seen from miles around the airport. As reported by the Whitefield police, the plane crash could be seen from quite a distance.
The two pilots who were onboard during the hapless plane crash were Squadron Leader Sameer Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddarth Negi. Both the pilots were from the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) and succumbed to their burn injuries in hospital.
The pilots had met several burn injuries due to the crash and although they were being immediately ejected from the aircraft, but they could not be saved. The plane was on an acceptance sortie after an upgrade by the HAL. The crash and death of the pilots have been ordered to be investigated so that the cause of the accident could be ascertained.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence said, “Today (Friday) morning a Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft on an acceptance sortie after upgrade crashed at HAL airport, Bengaluru. Both occupants sustained fatal injuries. Further details are awaited. An investigation into the cause of the accident is being ordered.”
Another official said that immediately after the crash, emergency services including the in-house fire brigades arrived within minutes of the accident on the spot. The pilots were also rushed to the hospital but they could not survive.
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