An Indian Air Force Mirage-2000 trainer aircraft crashed in the Southern Indian city of Bengaluru on Friday immediately after taking off, killing both pilots.
The plane crashed at the edge of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd airport compound, which is surrounded by several office and residential buildings, according to a Reuters eyewitness.
The plane burst into flames immediately after the crash. One pilot died at the scene of the crash, while the other was seen being carried to a nearby hospital.
Both pilots ejected, with one of them landing near the wreckage.
The pilots belonged to the Air Force’s Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment unit, an air force official said.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known. An Air Force spokesperson did not have an immediate comment.
The Air Traffic Control department at HAL declined to comment.
Mirage-2000 is manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation.
Also in some time past Dana Air Flight 992 was a scheduled domestic commercial passenger flight from Abuja to Lagos, Nigeria. On Sunday, 3 June 2012, the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft on the flight crashed into a furniture works and printing press building in the Iju-Ishaga neighborhood of Lagos.
The crash resulted in the deaths of all 153 people on board and 10 more on the ground. The crash of Flight 992 is the deadliest aviation disaster involving a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, as well as the second-deadliest involving an MD-80 series aircraft, behind Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308. It is also the second-deadliest aircraft crash on Nigerian soil, behind the Kano air disaster of 1973.
The aircraft was a twin-engined McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registered in Nigeria as 5N-RAM, built in 1990 and used by Alaska Airlines until 2007. It was sold to another airline before being acquired by Dana Air in February 2009. The airframe had accumulated more than 60,800 hours of total flight time since new. The aircraft engines had over 55,300 and 26,000 hours of total flight time before the crash. The last maintenance on the aircraft was performed on 1 June 2012, two days before the accident.
Flight 992 was carrying 147 passengers, including 17 foreigners from 9 countries. The foreigners, confirmed by the Nigerian AAIB, were 6 Chinese nationals, 3 Americans, 2 Indians, and one each from Indonesia, Lebanon, Germany, France, Canada and Benin. Nigerian press stated that a newly-married couple were among the victims. Local media reported that several senior military officials were on the flight, including three army generals.
Notable passengers included:
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