A Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft after upgrade crashed at HAL airport in Bengaluru on February 1. Both the pilots who were present in the aircraft died due to this mishap.
According to the sources, the aircraft caught fire and was seen falling off the runway into a gorge. The pilots tried to escape by jumping off the aircraft and tried to land with the help of a parachute however the plane fell into the gorge sending up a huge column of fire and smoke due to which the parachute caught fire resulting in the death of both the pilots.
As soon as this mishap took place the emergency services, including in-house fire brigades arrived at the spot immediately. The pilots were shifted to the nearby hospital for further treatment however both of them died in the hospital. Investigation for the cause of the accident has been initiated. The reason behind this mishap is still ascertained.
Note: The damage due to the crash could have been worse, but for the plane falling into a gorge. The gorge is a bushy area, which prevented the burning craft from reaching the adjoining Yamalur Main Road.
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