Bengaluru: 2 IAF Pilots Killed, In Mirage 2000 Aircraft Crash, At HAL Airport

| February 1 , 2019 , 15:53 IST

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) senior pilots died on Friday after a Mirage-2000 trainer fighter crashed on a test sortie at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in the Bengaluru, an enquiry into the incident will be ordered a Defence Ministry official said.

"Two IAF pilots died of fatal injuries after a Mirage-2000 trainer aircraft crashed at the HAL airport in Bengaluru," said the official in a statement here.

The pilots were identified as Squadron Leader Sameer Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddarth Negi.

"The aircraft was on an acceptance sortie after upgrade by the HAL. Investigation on the cause of the accident is being ordered. Further details are awaited," added the statement.

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The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) makes and upgrades aircraft for training and combat operations of the IAF as the country's sole defence behemoth. It also maintains and operates the military airport in the city.

The crash took place around 10.30 a.m.," a HAL official told IANS earlier.

One of the pilots died after he landed on the wreckage of the aircraft, new agency ANI reported. The second pilot was ejected safely but later succumbed to his injuries.

HAL also operates the military airport with the IAF and other state-run defence and aerospace agencies like DRDO and ADA.


kushal kumar

News reports on 2 February 2019 convey a sad news of Mirage crash on 1 February , 2019 at HAL Airport Bengaluru during test flying when two IAF trainee pilots died. In this regard , it may be apt to bring out the alert of this Vedic astrology writer for more care and appropriate strategy through article - “ The Year 2019 Astrologically for India” - published as early as last year on 7 October , 2018 at It is on the eve of February on 31 January 2019 that reportedly one Jet plane from India to Chicago had some problem though passengers were safe. The text related to the Mirage crash on 1 February 2019 reads as follows in the article :- “ February -March 2019. ……………………….It may be alright to be alert while dealing with or handling or storing gas , chemicals ………… resources. Similar alertness may be exercised while driving on road –rail - air. Some major accidents on road -rail – air or landslides cannot be ruled out. ……………………….States in the north ………….and in the South like Telengana , Andhra Pradesh or nearby could take cues for more care and appropriate strategy”.