New Delhi : A newly upgraded Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 TI aircraft crashed Friday morning while on a test sortie at the old HAL airport in Bengaluru, killing both pilots.The deceased were identified as Squadron Leader Siddharth Negi(31) and Squadron Leader Sameer Abrol(33), attached to the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment of the IAF. The crash occurred during a “take off roll’’ within the periphery of the HAL airport.The aircraft crashed in an open, bushy area on the edge of the airfield. The incident happened barely 100 metres away from a busy road which houses several buildings of IT companies.
The pilots managed to eject from the plane before it crashed. While Negi died at the crash site, Abrol was taken to the nearby HAL hospital where he was declared dead.
“HAL regrets to inform that one upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft crashed during the customer acceptance flight at HAL airport here today around 10.30 am resulting in loss of lives of two pilots Sqn Ldr Sameer Abrol and Sqn Ldr Siddartha Negi,’’ HAL said in a statement on Friday.“Today morning a Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft on an acceptance sortie after upgrade crashed at HAL airport, Bengaluru. Both occupants sustained fatal injuries,” a defence ministry statement said on Friday afternoon.