Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft crashed
Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft crashed

New Delhi: On Friday at Yemlur Airport in Bengaluru, An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft crashed killing one pilot. The crash took place during a test sortie, happened at 10.30 am. Both the pilots managed to eject but one of them died on the spot as he had landed on the wreckage of the aircraft.

The other pilot, who had also ejected, has give way to injuries in the hospital. Both of them were test pilots - Squadron leader Negi and Squadron leader Abrol. The Indian Air Force has confirmed that two pilots were killed after they ejected from a Mirage 2000 fighter during its take-off run at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited runway in Yemalur in Bengaluru this morning.

However the incident took place at 10.30 am. 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. It is unclear at what stage of the take-off run the fighter was in when the pilots decided to eject.

The IAF operates 50 French-made Mirage 2000 fighters (after today's crash) which are in the process of being upgraded. The fighters started entering service in 1985.  IFrameInvestigation into the cause of accident is being ordered.

A fire, a plume of black smoke, and a helicopter hovering overhead. This was the scene after a Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet crashed there were two pilots inside the jet, and both of them ejected before the crash. The two pilots have been identified as Squadron Leader Siddharth Negi and Squadron Leader Sameer Abrol. Both pilots were taken to Command Hospital, and Squadron Leader Siddharth Negi was killed in the incident.

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