Two planes collide mid-air during Aero Show rehearsal in Bengaluru

Just a day ahead of India’s annual Aero show in Bengaluru, two Surya Kiran planes crashed during practice, with one pilot feared dead, according to media reports

"Two pilots were airlifted soon after the crash," an airbase official told IANS.


The two single-engine aircraft had taken off from the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru. During the rehearsal for the upcoming show, they reportedly collided mid-air while performing a manoeuvre.

The Surya Kiran aerobatics demonstration team, comprising 13 pilots, use the Hawk Mk-132 aircraft made by UK-based BAE systems and HAL. These are reportedly supported Rolls-Royce Adour 871 engines.

"Mid air crash at Yelahanka... One Indian Air Force pilot suspected dead. Two injured but out of danger," Karnataka Director General of Police and chief of Fire and Emergency Services M.N. Reddi tweeted.