In an unfortunate incident, an ace pilot of the Indian Air Force died on the spot on Tuesday when two Hawk trainer jets of the Surya Kiran aerobatic team crashed mid-air while rehearsing for the Aero India show 2019 in Bengaluru.

Out of the three aircrew of the two aircraft, Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi died in the crash, while Wing Commander VT Shelke and Squadron Leader TJ Singh managed to bail out.

The two ejected pilots were airlifted to Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru. The formation was flying at a low altitude.

Teams of civil defence personnel, police and Surya Kiran team reached the accident spot to recover evidence.

The debris had fallen near the ISRO layout, Yelahanka new town area, the police said.

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