BENGALURU: Indian Air Force's Mirage 2000 fighter jet crashed near the HAL airport in Bengaluru, killing both the pilots on Friday morning.
As per the report from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), there were two pilots inside the jet and they have been identified as Squadron Leader Negi and Squadron Leader Abrol. Both of them are from the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment.
"A Mirage-2000 aircraft crashed at HAL airport during a sortie today at around 10:30 am. Both pilots ejected. Further details are awaited." HAL tweeted.
Both pilots ejected before the crash even though their parachutes too caught flames as the plane crashed with a huge explosion.
They were taken to Command Hospital, however, Squadron Leader Negi has died as he had landed on the wreckage of the aircraft.
The other pilot has succumbed serious injuries and was under the medical observation. He was battling for life for several hours and died later.
As per the report, the plane crashed around 10.30 am and three helicopters and two fire engines, ambulance were deployed for the rescue operation soon after the incident.
The Mirage 2000 was recently upgraded at HAL complex in Bengaluru.