IAF Trainer Aircraft crash in Telangana leaves two dead

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IAF Trainer Aircraft crash in Telangana leaves two dead

Tragedy struck on Monday morning in Medak district of Telangana as an Indian Air Force (IAF) trainer aircraft, identified as a Pilatus PC 7 Mk II, crashed during a routine training sortie from the Air Force Academy (AFA) in Hyderabad. The unfortunate incident resulted in the loss of two IAF pilots lives, both of whom sustained fatal injuries.

The Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, expressed deep sorrow over the crash. In a statement on X, he conveyed, "It is deeply saddening that two pilots have lost their lives. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families."

The crash occurred in the Toopran mandal of the district, and the aircraft, which carried a trainer and a trainee pilot, had taken off from the AFA at Dundigal, according to information provided by a senior police official to PTI.

Upon learning of the incident, authorities from the Air Force Academy promptly reached the crash site. The IAF released an official statement mentioning the initiation of a Court of Inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.

This unfortunate event underscores the inherent risks associated with training exercises, and the IAF commitment to investigating the incident reflects the importance of maintaining safety standards within its operations. The nation mourns the loss of the two dedicated pilots, and investigations will provide insights into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

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