Bengaluru: Two pilots were killed after a Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) runway in Yemalur in Bengaluru today.
The deceased pilots have been identified as Squadron leader Sameer Abrol and Squadron leader Siddarth Negi.
According to reports, the Mirage 2000 trainer, upgraded by HAL, was going through acceptance trials this morning when it crashed during its take-off run. Though the pilots ejected, one of them died after landing back on the wreckage and another died at the hospital.
The Mirage 2000 is a French multirole, single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. 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.
The incident took place at around 10.30 am but, it is still unclear at what stage of the take-off run the fighter was in when the pilots decided to eject. A probe has been ordered by the IAF, in this regard.