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Two confirmed dead at air show in Hyderabad

Two confirmed dead at air show in Hyderabad
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First Published: Wed, Mar 03 2010. 11 29 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 03 2010. 05 37 PM IST
Hyderabad: Two Indian Navy pilots died and two civilians were injured when a plane, belonging to the Indian Navy’s Aerobatic Team ‘Sagar Pawan’, crashed over a crowded civilian locality of New Bowenpally in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The two dead were recognized as pilot Commander S.K. Mourya and co-pilot Lt Commander Rahul Nair. They were part of a 16-member team of ‘Sagar Pawan’ that participated in the aerobatic show at the inauguration of the second International exhibition and conference of civil aviation at Hyderabad’s Begumpet airport.
The HJT-16 Kiran Mk2 trainer aircraft, built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, crashed few minutes after the aerobatics show began.
The plane crashed on a two-storied building after it hit a cell phone tower, while performing aerobatics, along with few more planes of ‘Sagar Pawan’ team, during the last phase of the display.
Navy has ordered a probe into the crash.
“Both the pilots have died immediately as they could not eject from the plane, probably because there was not time to do so,” said S.N. Reddy, chairman of Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy.
Set up in 2003, ‘Sagar Pawan’ (Sea Breeze) made its maiden performance on 11 May 2003 on the occasion of the golden jubilee of Naval Aviation at Kochi.
Since then, the team has performed on 46 different occasions at Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Kochi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Kolkata.(See attached file: untitled-[2])
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First Published: Wed, Mar 03 2010. 11 29 AM IST