Two jets from India’s Air Force display team collide causing a horrific crash and killing one pilot

One pilot died and and two were injured after two aerobatic planes collided in mid-air while practising. 

Two Indian Air Force jets crashed in India during a rehearsal session for an upcoming air show.

The Hawk jets from the Suryakiran Aerobatic Team were seen spinning out of control before the nose of one plane clipped the tail of the other as they moved in the same direction while upside down.

The accident happened at around 11.50am today over the Yelahanka airbase in north Bengaluru in southern India ahead the Aero India show that opens in the city tomorrow.

The moment the two planes came collided in mid-air while practising for a show over the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru, India

The moment the two planes came collided in mid-air while practising for a show over the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru, India

The moment the two planes came collided in mid-air while practising for a show over the Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru, India

One of the three pilots died, while the two others ejected and were taken to hospital, with one of the men suffering two broken legs, NDTV reports.  

It’s unclear if the third pilot was able to eject or whether his parachute opened successfully. 

Video posted online showed the moment the jets collided and two figures ejecting from their aircraft.

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One clip showed a pilot after he landed in a field, lying on his parachute which was stretched across the ground, with blood over his face.

A local held the pilots hand to comfort him as others tried give him medical attention. 

Footage showed both planes crashed on a tarmac area near some trees with flaming wreckage in a residential area of Yelahanka town. 

A man could be heard saying as the jets crashed into a field, ‘oh my god, oh my god’.  

Surya Kiran aircraft are twin-seated, but often are flown with just one pilot. During today’s crash one was being piloted by one man and the other had two on-board. 

MN Reddi, Director General of Police, Fire Services, told news agency PTI: ‘There were three pilots, one has died. Two are safe with injuries’. 

The Indian Air Force has ordered an investigation and said at this stage the cause of the accident is not known. 

Exactly four years ago to the day two jets from a team called the Flying Bulls collided over the same airbase during the air show, but on that occasion both pilots escaped without serious injury, the Times of India reports. 

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