Indian Air Force’s fighter jet crashed today at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) airport compound in Bengaluru, killing both pilots.
The Mirage-2000 trainer aircraft, which is manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation, crashed just minutes after taking off and burst into flames. One pilot died at the scene itself while the other succumbed to death at a nearby hospital. The incident happened at the edge of the HAL compound, which is surround by many office and residential buildings, Reuters reported.
According to the air force officials, the pilots belonged to the Aircraft and System Testing Establishment unit of the Indian Air Force and the cause of the crash was not immediately known. HAL’s Air Traffic control department declined to comment.