At the commencement of Aero India 2019 air show in Bengaluru, tributes were paid to a pilot who lost his life to mid-air collision during rehearsals.
The combat aircraft flew at low speed at the Aero India 2019 air show.
It need be recalled that Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi lost his life when two aircraft of the Indian Air Force’s aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed and burst into flames near the Yelahanka air base after grazing each other while rehearsing a mirror manoeuvre just a day before the start of the
five-day air show.
In the mishap, two more pilots were injured.
The Indian Air Force executed the “missing man” formation as mark of tribute.
The three-aircraft formation of Tejas, Jaguar and Su-30 flew past with an empty space for the leader signifying their comrade.
Multi-role medium combat Rafale aircraft of the French Dassault Aviation also flew at a low speed as a mark of respect to the pilot.