Two Air Force Pilots Killed in Air Crash in Telangana

Hyderabad: Two pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were killed in action when their Pilatus trainer aircraft crashed during training at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal in Telangana. The Air Force has ordered a court of inquiry to find out the cause of the accident.

According to the IAF sources, the martyred pilots include an instructor and one trainee cadet.

The aircraft had taken off from Air Force Academy (AFA) at Hyderabad for a routine training sortie when the accident occurred, Air Force said. A trainer and a trainee pilot were inside the aircraft when it crashed, and both of them have died.

“A Pilatus PC 7 Mk II aircraft met with an accident today morning during a routine training sortie from AFA, Hyderabad. It is with deep regret that the IAF confirms both pilots onboard the aircraft sustained fatal injuries,” Indian Air Force said on X.

The Pilatus PC 7 Mk II aircraft is a single-engine aircraft, on which IAF pilots undergo basic training.

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