Bengaluru: At least two pilots lost their lives after a Mirage fighter aircraft crashed at the rear side of HAL airport, sources said on Friday. Both of them were test pilots- Squadron leader Negi and Squadron leader Abrol. Also Read - Bengaluru Riots: Crime Branch Chargesheet Names Two Congress Leaders For Instigating Violence
According to preliminary reports, both pilots had ejected, but one of them died as he had landed on the wreckage of the aircraft. However, the other pilot who had ejected later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The reason for the crash is yet to be determined. It was a test sortie. Also Read - HAL Employee Arrested for Allegedly Supplying Secret Aircraft Info to Pakistan's ISI: Maharashtra Police
The incident took place at 10:30 AM near Yamalur off old Airport Road in Bengaluru.
On January 28, a Jaguar aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district, police said. The pilot of the aircraft had ejected safely.
The military aircraft crashed soon after taking off on a routine mission from Gorakhpur. The plane had crashed in the Hatempur area of the district. No casualty was reported. The Jaguar had taken off from the Gorakhpur Air Force Station.
The IAF sources had said that a court of inquiry was ordered by the air headquarters to investigate the accident.