Pilot dies before Aero India airshow

Date: 25 February 2019
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Pilot dies before Aero India airshow

25 February, 2019 - A "missing man" formation of three IAF fighter jets — a Sukhoi-30 fighter flanked by a Jaguar and a Tejas light combat aircraft flew to honour Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi of the IAF's Surya Kiran team who was killed in a mid-air collision while practising aerobatic manoeuvres.

The 2019 Aero India airshow held in Bengaluru, India, turned into a disaster when two Team Surya Kiran Hawk Mk127s (A3671 and A3679) crashed during a rehearsal exercise on 19 February – prior to the opening of the airshow.

Four days later a massive fire broke out on one of the parking lots destroying around more than 150 cars. The fire broke out in one of the parking areas outside the airshow on the far side of the highway from the show venue. Fire fighting services, Rapid Action Force and NDRF teams were immediately mobilised and IAF immediately launched a helicopter for aerial assessment, the helicopter assisted by providing effective directions to fight the fire.

The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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