Aerobatics by the IAF’s Surya Kiran aircraft would not be part of the flying display at the air show from Wednesday due to the death of a pilot following collision of two planes in the air while rehearsing near the Yelahanka airbase, a senior official said on Tuesday.
“Surya Kirans won’t be part of the flying display at the air show, as we had an unfortunate incident on Tuesday in which a pilot died after two of its aircraft crashed. All other displays will go as planned,” Air Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria told reporters.
Admitting that the risks in aerobatics were very high, Bhadauria said the two Surya Kirans collided in the air when they were doing a mirror image in which the margin of error was very low.
“Whether it was an execution error or bird hit will be found out in investigation. Very few teams have 9 aircraft for aerobatics,” Bhadauria told reporters at a press meet Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed here ahead of the biennial 5-day Aero India 2019 in this aerospace hub. Read more