Tuesday, 19 Feb, 6.09 am Newsroom Post

Sahil Gandhi, the wing commander that the nation lost in Surya Kiran crash

New Delhi: A day ahead of the Aero India 2019, two IAF aircrafts from the Surya Kiran team collided with each other mid-air at the Yelahanka air force station in Bengaluru, while they were rehearsing for the mega show. One pilot was killed in the mishap that took place around 11.50 am on Tuesday.

The deceased pilot has been identified as Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who flew as Surya Kiran 7. The other two pilots, team 2IC Wing Commander Vijay Shelke and Squadron Leader Tejeshwar Singh were injured and rushed to the hospital.

What IAF said in statement

'Today morning at around 1150 hrs, two Hawk aircraft of Suryakiran aerobatic team of IAF crashed while practicing for the forthcoming Aero India Air Show. Three pilots were occupants. Two pilots ejected and have been evacuated to the Command Hospital. Third pilot sustained fatal injuries. Damage to life and property in the vicinity of crash site is being ascertained. A Court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident.

According to HAL, which is organising the event, the squadron was from the Bidar Air Force Station and was rehearsing for the final event on Wednesday when the wing of one of the aircraft reportedly hit the other,' the IAF said in a statement.

Sahil Gandhi was quite active on social media

Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi was tech-savvy and he kept his Facebook account to stay connected with the world.
Gandhi's Facebook page kept buzzing with interesting updates as he used to capture and immortalise the important moments of his life via images and FB posts.

A look at his FB posts :

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