IAF identifies two pilots killed in crash | Squadron leader Sameer Abrol & Siddharth Negi

The Hush Post | 10:46 pm | One-minute read

Earlier this morning, a Mirage 2000 fighter jet crashed during its take-off run at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Runway in Bengaluru. The Indian Air Force has given confirmation of the death of two senior pilots after they ejected from the jet. HAL confirmed in its statement that the pilots have been identified as Squadron leader Sameer Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddharth Negi.

The incident took place at around 10:30 am in the morning today. It is still unclear that at what stage of take-off, the pilots decided to eject. The Mirage 2000 has ‘zero-zero’ ejection seats in which the pilot can come out even if the aircraft is stationary and on the ground. Though both the pilots ejected, Siddharth Negi landed in a wreckage whereas Sameer Abrol had severe injuries. But around 12 pm, the authorities confirmed the death of two.

According to the sources, the in-house fire brigade and emergency services reached the site of crash within minutes. Also, the pilots were taken to the hospital immediately. But due to severe injuries they could not be saved. At 11:30 am, teams of both Indian Air Force and HAL reached the site of crash and started their investigation.

Run by state, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has makes the aircrafts for training purposes of Indian Air Force. Also, it operates and maintains the military airport in Bengaluru.

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